Product & Book Reviews

Hunting Songs Volume 2

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016
Written by: Peter Brook

Ron Black is a Cumbrian whose ancestors can be traced back several hundred years and have been immersed in the local hunting culture for as long. Over the last few years he has been extremely prolific in producing a superb series of small books tracing the history of hunting in his native Cumbria. These books...

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Book Review: Working Ferrets, Handling with Nets, Guns & Dogs

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Written by: Peter Brook

2nd Edition by Jackie Drakeford ISBN 978-1-84689-109-0  R.R.P. £14.99 There are times in the hunting year that the weather conspires to make the day unsafe for hounds or horses and on such days there is nothing better than spending a day working with dogs and ferrets. In this excellent review Dan Murphy looks at an...

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The Best of British – A Celebration of British Gunmaking

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Written by: Peter Brook

In reviewing the fantastic book from Quiller The Best of British – A Celebration of British Gunmaking by Vic Venters and David Grant ISBN 978-1846890697 published 2010 priced at £35-00 we are asking two questions, the first is- Should a reference work on guns and gun-making be reviewed in Baily’s to which the answer must...

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Horse Law (3rd Edn) Julie Mackenzie

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Written by: Peter Brook

Horse Law (3rd Edn) Julie Mackenzie ISBN 978-0-85131-937-7 JA Allen 2012 £30-00 In my days as an undergraduate lawyer you quickly became aware that there were two types of books about law which you had to have during your studies:- Type one were those books that were written by your current tutors or other academics...

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Katmandu Hand Torch Solar/Pull Dynamo

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Written by: Peter Brook

This little gadget has found its way into the glove box of the 4WD as an essential addition to our emergency kit. At about 15x5x1 cm the device is easily put away until you need it, and lets face it you if your one of those people that deals with:- cars, lorries and or animals...

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Product Review Wind-up and Solar Radio

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Written by: Peter Brook

AQUABOURNE – Wind-up and Solar Radio £19.95 from www.GadgetsUK.com Show me a hunt, competition yard or horse box at an event without a radio playing in the background and I will show you an unhappy yard. More often than not the silence is because the yard radio batteries have run out or it has been...

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Kathmandu Hand Torch Sabre 85 Hybrid

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Written by: Peter Brook

It’s late at night you have a horse that will not come in to its stable as it usually does and the external lighting will not reach to the field. This for many people is a familiar scenario, although you could easily substitute the horse for:- dog, chickens or sheep. You cannot carry a torch...

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The Way of a Countryman- Book Review

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Written by: Peter Brook

**(First published 1965) 2012 new edition. Merlin Unwin Books. Ludlow, Shropshire** **ISBN 978-1-906122-46-1 £16-99 165pp B/w illustrations by C.F.Tunnicliffe, decorative end-papers. Foreword by Bernard ODonaghue** The blurb attached to this book told me that “Ian Niall (1916-2002) was the pen name of John McNeillie, author of over forty books on country matters, including The Poachers...

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Fox Hunting and the Damage Committee and Other Sporting History in Dumfriesshire

Posted on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Written by: Peter Brook

ISBN 978-1-899315-64-9 Available from sales@robertthorne.co.uk £23-50 Written by experienced local author John Thompson this work is the collation of interviews with hunt supporters by determined local ‘archivists’ Roy Macgregor and his daughter in law Jan. Often, the issue with works of this type is that though they are lovingly produced by keen local enthusiasts and...

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