Tarka the Otter

Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books in Hay-on-Wye

This bookseller’s breakfast is to let people know about the works of Henry Williamson. His most famous book is ‘Tarka the Otter’.

Williamson’s life and work spanned much of the 20th century. He is one of our best country life writers and his series of novels ‘A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight’ ran to 15 volumes. He died the same day the death of Tarka was being filmed.

As much as I enjoy his nature writing I hate his politics. He was a fascist which makes me have a love/hate feeling when I handle his books.


The egg and toast soldiers are build me up for a weekend with the family and the summer fruit smoothie is to give me hope in this season of everlasting rain.


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One thought on “Tarka the Otter

  1. There are those who reject the art when its creator is discovered to have views or predelictions considered antisocial or downright vile. There is a long list. I start one off with Emile Zola, Wagner, and Eric Gill. I share the problem overcoming an instinct to reject, but, as Anne has, I’ve negotiated with myself: to recognise fallibility while celebrating the art. Otherwise, we might make the mistake of believing our heroes are all-perfect and our villains are all-bad.

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