When leading river conservationist Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill straddling a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters... Yet move in they did and, immersing himself in their daily routines and movements, he was able to observe them at close quarters and develop an extraordinarily close relationship with the family.
Cooper interweaves the personal story of the female otter, Kuschta, with the natural history of the otter in the British Isles. Following in the footsteps of Henry Williamson’s 1920s classic Tarka the Otter, he brings these fascinating creatures to life in all their wondrous complexity as readers are taken on a journey through the calendar year and learn the most intimate details of this most beautiful of British mammals.
Saturday 21st October at 10.00am.
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.