Rare, Wild and Free

By Mike Tomkies

Format: Paperback

A book on Mike Tomkies, who spent 35 years in the wild and remote places in Scotland, Canada and Spain to study and photograph the rare and wild creatures.

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Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing has been established for some years but recently has expanded significantly, becoming a well-known technical publisher on a global stage. They publish quality, well-produced and attractive books and specialise in the following subjects: geomatics, civil and structural engineering and applied science. They are also developing new lists in specific disciplines including architecture and landscape, manufacturing and materials technology, fuel and energy science and geotechnics. They also publish non-technical books within the following areas: maritime, pharology, military history, nature and exploration.

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"Rare, Wild and Free" is a testament to the work of one of the finest nature writers Britain has ever produced - Mike Tomkies, who spent 35 years in the wildest and most remote places in Scotland, Canada and Spain to study and photograph the rarest and most dramatic wild creatures. The eminent critic J N P Watson commented in Country Life, 'Mike Tomkies is Mowgli, Robinson Crusoe and Konrad Lorenz rolled into one, a field of exceptional and practical knowledge'.This judgement, and much other critical acclaim including praise from the Duke of Edinburgh, is fully borne out in "Rare Wild and Free", which is a distilled masterpiece of his finest writings and wildlife photographs from the 20 years he spent in the remotast parts of the Scottish Highlands. For all the time he lived without any modern convieniences such as electricity, and the only access to his homes was by a small open boat in all weathers. He put into practice his belief that to study rare wildlife better, one had to live close to the vital animal state oneself.

Whether breeding wildcats, stalking them in the wild, looking after injured foxes, owls and badgers in his home, climbing the high hills after the red deer herds, feeding wild pine martens through his window, or spending thousands of hours in hides on precarious cliff ledges to gain insights into the secret lives of golden eagles, Mike often emerged with photographs of stunning urgency, honesty and naturalness.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 19 Feb 2008
ISBN 9781904445517
Number of Pages 160

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'This latest book must surely turn out to be the most popular for all his avid readers. It is not only the often moving photographs that are a joy to see but also the captions, somtimes long, that accompanies them. They give an insight into another world that only a dedicated naturalist such as Mike can bring to our attention. The book is a must whether you are a fan of the author or a new acquaintance and you will have the privilege of looking through the eye of the author into a new world few of us even imagine. A must for any naturalists book shelves.' - Ray Collier, Former Chief Warden, Highlands. Highland News, North Star, Lochaber News

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