Books about Rural Life

Bedson, G (Grandad): The Notorious Poacher - memoirs of an old poacher (15730)

Saiga Publishing 1981
8vo, orange boards with gold titling to the spine, slight wear to edges of d/w, sunning to d/w o/w VG++/VG 490 gms
(Order reference 15730)

This is the true account of the life of a poacher, based in North Staffordshire. It covers a period of around 50 years from boyhood to quite recent times. In perspective, poaching is shown as a product of the depression years although, obviously, the love of the countryside and the excitement of eluding gamekeepers and the law are important factors. The methods used for day and night-time poaching are all explained. The characters of the countryside - the good and the bad- are examined. Brushes with police and gamekeepers; the irony and the humour are all intertwined. Common myths and fallacies are criticized, and the author writes from experience, pulling no punches. Illustrated throughout with engravings taken from old books.