|About the Book|
I recently discovered the wonderful publisher Jane Nissen Books when hunting for reprints of hard-to-find childrens books (notably books by Cynthia Hartnett). Nissen has also reprinted a couple of Penelope Livelys best works, _The House at Norham Gardens_ and _The Voyage of QV66_ (two of my favourites). I chose _Brendon Chase_ having read _The Little Grey Men_ and its sequel _Down the Bright Stream_ last year(both reprinted by Oxford)._Brendon Chase_ tells the story of three brothers who run away from an elderly aunt during the holidays (their guardian while parents are in India) and live in the woods for 3 seasons, hunting rabbits with snares and shooting game with a rifle theyd taken with them. Although the book was originally published in 1944, its clear that its set in pre-war times (1929, I read somewhere). When I read this book last week I was reminded of my father and his generation, in a time when a boys proper study outside school was nature and survival (back when a boy scout earned a Poultry Badge -- now theyve got one in Agribusiness).I have read very little on the life and writing career of B.B. (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) but will keep my eyes open for them in the future. Theres a certain Englishness in his love for the natural world that reminds me of writers like Ivor Gurney, Izaak Walton, and maybe even Thomas Traherne (this may just be my imagination).