<div>Henry Williamson is known for his book 'Tarka the Otter', yet his time in First World War trenches affected him profioundly. This book draws on his letters, diaries, photographs and notebooks written at the time to give us a detailed account of life in the trenches in the First World War. It also offers us a rare insight into the making of a novelist.</div>
Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter: A brief look at his Life and Writings in North Devon in the 1920s and '30s, the area known today as Tarka Country
In early 1921 the young Henry Williamson, traumatised by his experiences in the First World War, moved from London to a tiny cottage in North Devon, seeking solitude and renewal. Here he began to make his name as a writer with nature stories and…
Threnos for T. E. Lawrence and other writings, together with A Criticism of Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter, by T. E. Lawrence
This is a collection of important essays by Henry Williamson on books and writers, first published in 1994, and now expanded. The first piece, ‘Threnos for T. E. Lawrence’, is in its middle section a revised version of much of 'Genius of…
Tarka the Otter
In the wild there is no safety. The otter cub Tarka grows up with his mother and sisters, learning to swim, catch fish - and to fear the cry of the hunter and the flash of the metal trap. Soon he must fend for himself, travelling through rivers,…
Words on the West Wind: Selected Essays from The Adelphi, 1924-1950
The Adelphi was an English literary journal founded by John Middleton Murry and published between 1922 and 1955. Noted contributors included Katherine Mansfield, D. H. Lawrence, H. E Bates, and Henry Williamson. For a brief period – three issues…
Lucifer Before Sunrise
Volume fourteen of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Beginning in the winter of 1940/1 and ending with the uneasy 'sunrise' of peace in 1945, this volume sees Phillip Maddison striving idealistically to hold a balance while lamenting the…
Donkey Boy (1952) was the second entry in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlightspanning the years from the late Victorian period to the Second World War. It tells of Richard Maddison's first-born…
The Notebook of a Nature-lover
The Notebook of a Nature-lover recalls Devon as it was some eighty years ago. This enchanting anthology was originally written as a regular column for the Sunday Referee, and reflects Henry Williamson’s unique ability to communicate his…
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