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Siberia — a last wilderness and the backdrop to TIGER

The Siberian tiger is the largest cat on earth. Maintaining a territory of up to 500 square miles in one of the harshest environments in the world requires an epic memory and ruthless punishment of all infractions. Creating fear of reprisal is as important to the tiger’s success as actually carrying it out. I was intrigued by how this characteristic of the Siberian tiger has defined both animal and human societies in the region. I had to visit this tiger’s habitat, and experience the extremes of temperature and scarcity that it has evolved to dominate.

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Larchfield 99p on Kindle for September!

For me this is the equivalent of being stacked fifty deep in Tesco or Asda, which is something I’ve always fantasised about. All I have ever wanted is readers — this is the dispiriting aspect of writing poetry, and the shining opportunity of novels: there is the possibility of reaching real readers who might enjoy…

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Larchfield – Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month

Published in paperback March 8th, Larchfield has been chosen by Waterstones as their Scottish Book of the Month. This is very exciting, showing that the story still resonates a year after first publication and my vision of a miraculous encounter between a depressed mother and WH Auden in the Scottish town of Helensburgh continues to…

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The tiger we caught on camera!

Glimpsing the elusive Siberian tiger is all about skilled tracking to find out where their favourite spots are and then setting camera traps in the right locations around these areas. Alexander, the owner of the reserve at Durmin, recently collected this film from one of the traps we set on our trip in November. This…

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