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How to Catch a Mole

Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature

Regular price $29.95
  • ISBN: 9781771644792
  • Tags: Literary Non-Fiction, Marc Hamer, Nature & Environment,
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5
  • Published On: 10/01/2019
  • 208 Pages

Marc Hamer was born in the North of England and moved to Wales more than thirty years ago. After spending a period homeless, then working on the railway, he returned to education and studied fine art. He has worked in art galleries, marketing, graphic design, as a magazine editor and taught creative writing in a prison before becoming a gardener and mole-catcher.


"This is an extraordinary book: part natural history, part memoir, part poetry—all entirely gorgeous. I've read no other book like this. Its beauty and heartbreak will stay with me for a long time. PS: the author stops killing moles, thank goodness."
—Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Good Creature and The Soul of an Octopus

"This is a wonderful book about our relationship with the earth, with other animals and with our own troubled humanity. It has taught me a lot. I feel great love for it."
—Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

“It is rare to encounter such respect and understanding of nature.”
—Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

"Informative and effortlessly readable... Ultimately a reflection on humanity’s fraught but sustaining relationship with nature."
—Publishers Weekly

"Marc Hamer's uplifting writings shed some light on the velvety creatures burrowing beneath our countryside."
—National Geographic Traveller

"A beguiling mixture: part autobiography, part handbook, part travel book, part philosophical treatise. I’m happy to report that it succeeds on each level."
—Daily Mail

"Marc tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment."
—Sunday Express

"A lovely little book. I read it through, then found myself going back and reading parts again."
—Lloyd Kahn, publisher and author of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter