How to please an author

Occasionally, and obviously out of the blue, I get an email a bit like this.


Just finished Inglorious. Thank you so much for writing this book. I am ‘relatively’ knowledgeable I feel about land use issues, but I learnt so much from you.  I was rudely awakened as to the realities of the driven grouse shooting industry after a long walk from Blair Atholl to Deeside, coming through and over the Angus Glens, which have been quite destroyed by ‘motorway’ tracks and the obliteration of anything but heather. Your book is inspiring and I desperately hope it gains more widespread readership. Our issue up here in the Highlands as of course you know is the appalling persecution of golden eagles- and yes mountain hares, as has been back in the news recently.  I am not too sure how to get involved in campaigning or at last raising awareness. I have written, some time back to my MSP and got the usual platitudinous response. You raised the issues of course in your book, how this is happening in our National Parks, here the big one of course, which ironically uses a golden eagle as its emblem, is the Cairngorms, and having walked in these hills for 30 years, I’d say they it is pretty much an eagle-free landscape!  
 
I do note your further suggestions at the end of the book for campaigning.
 
I did watch the parliamentary debate , I think last year, on You Tube, and I recall you were in attendance. It was a deeply depressingly sham of a debate that did truly make me realise how this is a battle against the establishment.  I am very disappointed our SNP government has so singularly failed to recognise land use and abuse as its most obvious ticket to demonstrating a desire for true social justice; land ownership and use in Scotland is a great surrogate marker for much that is wrong with us, fix this and many other things I suspect will fall into place.

Inglorious: conflict in the uplands by Mark Avery is published by Bloomsbury – for reviews see here.

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4 Replies to “How to please an author”

  1. Many of us would endorse those sentiments Mark, both about the situation in the Angus Glens and elsewhere and about Inglorious.

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  2. I'd also like to say that your book and this blog, among others, has inspired me to undertake some campaigning. I was reading your book again this morning. It is hard, though, is it not? I have little so far to show for my efforts, as have many others. I'm still hopeful that my half full glass may some day fill and hopefully overflow due to the efforts of those of us who do campaign.

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  3. Cracking 'review', but no less than you deserve. The observation at the end is I think absolutely spot on - tolerate the idiocies and injustice of DGS and you are pretty much saying they are OK anywhere. As a society we can no more be a little bit ridiculous and unfair than someone can be just a little bit pregnant.

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  4. Hi Mark, all - you must I imagine be aware of this new/ imminent coalition for grouse moor reform: https://twitter.com/ReviveCoalition

    Includes impressive credentials of people like Ruth Tingay (Raptor Persecution UK) and Andy Wightman - "Mr Land Reform Scotland" (and a Dundonian). Could be a real move for change and we could all do worse than support this campaign too?

    Also agree with the 'review' (Inglorious) - well done again Mark.

    I think the CNP logo is meant to be an osprey - but I share the sentiments about lack of eagles ..... and naked, barren, sterile, mt hare-depauperate heather moors (I'm an Angus Glen resident) Nonie

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