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A Thames Bestiary

A Thames Bestiary

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A celebration of wildlife along the Thames in verse and prose


From Ashton Keynes to Rotherhithe
from a seething jelly to a tiger’s flea
from your ear to Basho’s puddle
from a bigger splash to a tenor bellow
brag, sweet frog from the shallows.
Your time is surely here.

Short poems of intense observation, are mixed with urban myths, strange facts, and plausible fictions. The authors have walked the length of the Thames and back, recording every little twitch of bird and insect, and what they didn’t see they invented.

Illustrated throughout with black and white drawings, prints and thumbnail sketches, it is a loving and thought-provoking compilation of poems and prose-poems composed over a period of years by two inveterate river trudgers and wildlife-sketchers.

"Luminous, bizarre, consistently entertaining.
Full of surprising perspectives."
- The authors

'A deft mixture of traditional lore and dew-fresh observation, A Thames Bestiary offers us, by turns, a wry, tender, ribald and always joyful celebration of the wildlife still thriving on the banks and in the water of England's one great river."
— Mark Cocker