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  • Man and the Natural World, an encyclopaedic study of man's relationship to animals and plants, is completely engrossing ... It explains everything - why we eat what we do, why we plant this and not that, why we keep pets, why we like some animals and not others, why we kill the things we kill and love the things we love ... It is often a funny book and one to read again and again.

    Paul Theroux, Sunday Times
  • The English historian Keith Thomas has revealed modes of thought and ways of life deeply strange to us

    Hilary Mantel, New York Review of Books
  • A treasury of unusual historical anecdote ... a delight to read and a pleasure to own

    Auberon Waugh, Sunday Telegraph
  • A dense and rich work ... the return to the grass roots of our own environmental convictions is made by the most enchantingly minor paths

    Ronald Blythe, Guardian

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