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Author Hamer, Marc, author.

Title How to catch a mole : wisdom from a life lived in nature / Marc Hamer ; jacket and interior illustrations by Joe McLaren.

Publication Info. Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    599.335 HAM    Available
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Description 206 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Summary "Kneeling in a muddy field, clutching something soft and blue-black, Marc Hamer vows he will stop trapping moles--forever. In this earnest, understated, and sublime work of nonfiction literature, the molecatcher shares what led him to this strange career: from sleeping among hedges as a homeless teen, to toiling on the railway, to weeding windswept gardens in Wales. Hamer infuses his wanderings with radiant poetry and stark, simple observations on nature's oft-ignored details. He also reveals how to catch a mole--a craft long kept secret by its masters--and burrows into the unusual lives of his muses. Moles, we learn, are colorblind. Their blood holds unusual amounts of carbon dioxide. Their vast tunnel networks are intricate and deceptive. And, like Hamer, they work alone." --
Contents Daybreak p. 17 -- Scything a Meadow p. 25 -- Golden Moles, Star-nosed Moles and Famous Moles p. 41 -- Molehills -- Leaving Home p. 49 -- Earth p. 57 -- Tunnels and Sleeping p. 69 -- Getting Old and Walking p. 85 -- Reproduction p. 99 -- Oxygen p. 107 -- Gas and the Dead Past p. 119 -- Poison and Winter p. 129 -- Deterrents p. 135 -- Mole Traps and Breaking Things p. 143 -- Finding and Kneeling p. 149 -- Setting the Traps and Leaving p. 157 -- Killing p. 167 -- Fortress and the Worm Larder p. 173 -- History of Molecatching p. 179.
Subject Moles (Animals)
Hamer, Marc -- Homes and haunts -- Wales.
Trapping -- Wales.
Natural history -- Wales.
Genre/Form Anecdotes.
Added Author McLaren, Joe, illustrator.
ISBN 9781771644792 (cloth)
1771644796 (cloth)

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