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Format: Hardback Printing Year: 2010
Subject: Natural History Special Attributes: Signed
Sub-Subject: dogs
brand new sealed unread issue of darcys the hare and the swifthound . this is now sold out never to be reprinted . check it out at www.darcybooks.com .
this is a coursing book unlike any other , the photography is phenomenal and well worth a position on any sporting mans book shelf. 

The Hare & The Swift Hound”

Review by Davy Rodger

Over the years those of us who have enjoyed the hare hunting aspect of lurcher work above all others have been short changed when it comes to literature on the activity. The few books that touch on the subject usually concentrate on the competitive coursing that involves two pure bred hounds of whichever breed being slipped on a hare with the main objective of betting on which coloured flag will be raised by the judges arm, and has little to do with true lurcher work. Other books in the past have used the same formula of a chapter on each breed of dog that has been used as a cross with the greyhound, illustrated with show type pictures of each breed posed stacked for the camera.

Fairly tame and all the same!

Well here at last is something completely different. Jonathan Darcy has published a book with no rabbitting, no foxing and no bullshit either. "The Hare and the Swift Hound" is cover to cover hares and lurchers. It's an odd shape, the book being wider than it is high, but is the perfect format for the many glossy full colour pictures.
And what breathtaking pictures they are! If there's any book in the realm of fieldsports of any kind that has photography which even comes close to what Darcy has produced here, well I certainly ain't seen it. From the action shots of superbly conditioned dogs to the many incredibly intimate close ups of hares in bed at that moment of recognition that they've been rumbled....with every detail, every whisker defined.....and every picture taken by J.D. himself.....it's quite simply a masterpiece!
As I leafed carefully through each glossy page drinking in the beautiful images of the result of thousands of years of mainly saluki evolution, I thought it a slight pity that the pictures weren’t captioned with the dogs names, however even that was covered at the back of the book with a section of thumbnails of the same pictures and captions included. Very clever, for it means the large pictures can be appreciated artistically without intrusion from text.
One sequence of shots ably illustrates how conditions on the big open arable land can have such a bearing on performance. On heavy going the crystal clear imagery defines the balled up feet of the dog as the catch is made. Something that rarely occurs on grass meadows.
The photo's also bring to life the stark reality that you can have a frosty start to the day when it's just too hard to run a dog safely. By lunch time the sun has melted the frost and the moisture that's been released makes the ground heavy and clinging. Then by late afternoon the constant wind has dried the ground out to the point where it can be once again too hard going....and that’s all in one day.

Included in the book are a number of short articles. One is a diary of the efforts to hand rear a leveret for example, which I found interesting as I once reared three Irish hare leverets myself and eventually released them back to the wild.
Another important feature is the inclusion of interviews with probably the two most renowned coursing men in the country, Alan Sankey and Craig Nuttall, and about time too. What a contrast to the crabbers who never walked on fenland but seem ever keen to disparage fen dogs and fen hares based on zero experience. As Craig says the reason he went all the way down there two or three times a week pre ban was precisely because he wanted to test his dogs with the BEST HARES in the country.
Alan takes care to mention and to thank the two men who donated their permission each year for the running of the Forley Cup and later the Forley Legends, Jimmy Ford and Tony Howley. And here I'd like to add my own word of thanks to these two great lads who have left me with some of the greatest memories that'll stay with me forever.
I believe this is a book for the tabletop rather than the book case. But I'll be putting my copy away when the beer comes out. Imagine ruining this work of art for the sake of a carelessly tipped tinny! 
The volume is limited to 1000 copies only, each will be numbered and signed by the author, will never be reprinted and I am certain that this tome will sell out rapidly and will soon become very hard to get hold of. Buy it now while you can.


Released on 11th October.

The Hare & The Swift Hound”

Review by Davy Rodger

Over the years those of us who have enjoyed the hare hunting aspect of lurcher work above all others have been short changed when it comes to literature on the activity. The few books that touch on the subject usually concentrate on the competitive coursing that involves two pure bred hounds of whichever breed being slipped on a hare with the main objective of betting on which coloured flag will be raised by the judges arm, and has little to do with true lurcher work. Other books in the past have used the same formula of a chapter on each breed of dog that has been used as a cross with the greyhound, illustrated with show type pictures of each breed posed stacked for the camera.

Fairly tame and all the same!

Well here at last is something completely different. Jonathan Darcy has published a book with no rabbitting, no foxing and no bullshit either. "The Hare and the Swift Hound" is cover to cover hares and lurchers. It's an odd shape, the book being wider than it is high, but is the perfect format for the many glossy full colour pictures.
And what breathtaking pictures they are! If there's any book in the realm of fieldsports of any kind that has photography which even comes close to what Darcy has produced here, well I certainly ain't seen it. From the action shots of superbly conditioned dogs to the many incredibly intimate close ups of hares in bed at that moment of recognition that they've been rumbled....with every detail, every whisker defined.....and every picture taken by J.D. himself.....it's quite simply a masterpiece!
As I leafed carefully through each glossy page drinking in the beautiful images of the result of thousands of years of mainly saluki evolution, I thought it a slight pity that the pictures weren’t captioned with the dogs names, however even that was covered at the back of the book with a section of thumbnails of the same pictures and captions included. Very clever, for it means the large pictures can be appreciated artistically without intrusion from text.
One sequence of shots ably illustrates how conditions on the big open arable land can have such a bearing on performance. On heavy going the crystal clear imagery defines the balled up feet of the dog as the catch is made. Something that rarely occurs on grass meadows.
The photo's also bring to life the stark reality that you can have a frosty start to the day when it's just too hard to run a dog safely. By lunch time the sun has melted the frost and the moisture that's been released makes the ground heavy and clinging. Then by late afternoon the constant wind has dried the ground out to the point where it can be once again too hard going....and that’s all in one day.

Included in the book are a number of short articles. One is a diary of the efforts to hand rear a leveret for example, which I found interesting as I once reared three Irish hare leverets myself and eventually released them back to the wild.
Another important feature is the inclusion of interviews with probably the two most renowned coursing men in the country, Alan Sankey and Craig Nuttall, and about time too. What a contrast to the crabbers who never walked on fenland but seem ever keen to disparage fen dogs and fen hares based on zero experience. As Craig says the reason he went all the way down there two or three times a week pre ban was precisely because he wanted to test his dogs with the BEST HARES in the country.
Alan takes care to mention and to thank the two men who donated their permission each year for the running of the Forley Cup and later the Forley Legends, Jimmy Ford and Tony Howley. And here I'd like to add my own word of thanks to these two great lads who have left me with some of the greatest memories that'll stay with me forever.
I believe this is a book for the tabletop rather than the book case. But I'll be putting my copy away when the beer comes out. Imagine ruining this work of art for the sake of a carelessly tipped tinny! 
The volume is limited to 1000 copies only, each will be numbered and signed by the author, will never be reprinted and I am certain that this tome will sell out rapidly and will soon become very hard to get hold of. Buy it now while you can.


Released on 11th October.

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