I’ve had a few conversations with American friends about grouse shooting and several have started with the American being sympathetic to grouse ‘hunting’ and them ending up saying ‘but that’s not hunting at all’. Correct! Driven grouse shooting is the most unsporting of sports and is akin to a computer game where one blasts away at targets. It’s a bit like dressing in tweed to play Candy Crush Saga.
I’ve sometimes wondered how Americans would react to Inglorious and now I know that at least one of them has got the message – it’s a good start as that American is John Riutta also known as The Well-read Naturalist who reviews Inglorious on his excellent website.
Here are some quotes from his thoughtful and very favourable review:
‘a style that flows smoothly back and forth between fact-based objective rationality and friendly, over-a-pint, good humor’
‘To read Inglorious is to allow yourself to be challenged; challenged to think deeply, to interweave what were previously unconnected bits of information into intricate tapestries of understanding, to seek answers to questions that extend far beyond the upland heathered moors and into the heart of just what the conservation of nature truly means. It’s a challenge well worth accepting.‘