The Hidden World of the Fox (Hardcover)

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What do we know about the Fox?
Fox is a creature that has lived along side us for as long as we can remember, not only in our backyards, but in our myths and stories. Both beloved and mistrusted, both cute woodland animal and evil trickster, our relationship, though long, has been complicated. In this wonderful book, ecologist Adele Brand brings us the truth about this beautiful mammal, dispelling many myths along the way. She paints us a full picture of this iconic edgeland dweller, its habits, relationships, and its ability to adapt successfully to our ever changing environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity for foxes, wildlife and nature. A wonderful addition to the genre.

Becky Doherty


Discover the hidden world of the fox

An ode to this familiar yet mysterious creature. … The sight of foxes can lift Brand's prose into poetry. ... Brand is by turns lyrical, salty, funny and scholarly as she describes the nuances of fox existence.” —New York Times Book Review

The fox. For thousands of years myth and folklore have celebrated its cunning intelligence. Today the red fox is the nature’s most populous carnivore, its dancing orange tail a common sight in backyards. Yet who is this wild neighbor, truly? How do we negotiate this uneasy new chapter of an ancient relationship? Join British ecologist Adele Brand on a journey to discover the surprising secrets of the fabled fox, the familiar yet enigmatic creature that has adapted to the human world with astonishing—some say, unsettling—success.

Brand has studied foxes for twenty years across four continents—from the Yucatán rainforest to India’s remote Thar Desert, from subarctic Canada to metropolitan London. Her observations have convinced her that the fox is arguably the most modern of all wildlife, uniquely suited to survival in the rapidly expanding urban/wild interface. Blending cutting-edge science, cultural anthropology, and intimate personal storytelling drawn from her own remarkable fieldwork, The Hidden World of the Fox is Brand’s rich and revelatory portrait of the extraordinary animal she has devoted her life to understanding.

About the Author

ADELE BRAND met her first fox as a child in England's Surrey Hills, a fragile border between urban London and the rural southeast. Now a mammal ecologist, she has led research in five countries. She is passionate about connecting people with wildlife.

Praise For…

“By turns lyrical, salty, funny and scholarly. … The sight of foxes can lift [Brand’s] prose into poetry. … [An] ode to this familiar yet mysterious creature.”
New York Times Book Review

“A lovely little book. Quietly lyrical, often funny. [An] ideal stocking filler.”
Sunday Times (London)

"Brand has studied foxes on four different continents for 20 years. She shares her observations and the history of an animal remarkably adaptable to human environments."
— Los Angeles Times, "New and Classic Books to Keep You in Touch with the Natural World"

“Beautifully written. … Eminent British mammal ecologist Brand pens a tribute to the red fox.”
Library Journal

“Mammal ecologist Brand offers a spirited look at the red fox in this smart and accessible volume. ... Thanks to her mix of biology, personal history, and pop culture, Brand’s readers will be left both entertained and better informed about ‘this small, curious member of the dog family.’”
— Publishers Weekly, “The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019”

“Succinct, clear, sophisticated. I couldn’t stop reading.”
— Jeff VanderMeer, bestselling author of Annihilation and the Southern Reach Trilogy

“Provides everything you ever wanted to know about the fox.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This charming book leads us into the lives of red foxes. . … Brand paints a wonderful picture of a wild neighbor.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062966100
ISBN-10: 0062966103
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English
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