On Hunting

roger-scruton-on-huntingYellow Jersey Press (1998)

Modern people are as given to loving, fearing, fleeing, and pursuing other species as were their hunter-gatherer forebears.

And in fox hunting, they join together with their most ancient friends among the animals, to pursue an ancient enemy. The feelings stirred by hunting are explored by Scruton, in a book that is both illuminating and deeply personal. Drawing on his own experiences of hunting and offering a delightful portrait of the people and animals who take part in it. Scruton introduces the reader to the mysteries of country life. His book is a plea for tolerance toward a sport in which the love of animals prevails over the pursuit of them, and in which Nature herself is the center of the drama.

Among the most dramatic and ironic discoveries that On Hunting offers the typical American reader is that hunting is about a love of and respect for animals, rather than a blood-thirsty hatred of them, and that the sport, far from being limited to an upper-class, old-monied aristocracy, is really one promoting an egalitarian meritocracy.

'A personal polemic that is by turns moving, irritating, certainly right and plain wrong. There are pages where I could not agree with him more, followed by rafts of ideology that make me want to flog him' Jeanette Winterson, The Times.

'A supremely witty book' Evening Standard

173 pages, ISBN: 978-1-58731-600-5

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