Tarka the Otter
Henry Williamson, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Charles Tunnicliffe
A classic of nature writing beloved by Rachel Carson, Ted Hughes, and Thomas Hardy.
Tarka the Otter is one of the defining masterpieces of modern nature writing, a model for books like J. A. Baker’s The Peregrine that seek to transcend the boundaries between the human and the animal worlds. Henry Williamson’s tale of the struggle for survival draws on his years of observing otters in the wild. It is also thought to reflect his traumatic experiences in the First World War.