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Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog

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A Prickly Affair Helps to discover the many wonders of the hedgehog: a funny, charming creature of the countryside. Full description
Paperback, 279 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2008)
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Fox
What a great book!

Hugh Warwick has managed to write a book that is simultaneously informative and deeply entertaining. His passion for the humble hedgehog shines through in every page, and it's impossible to not have some of that rub off on you while reading this book. Indeed, it's impossible not to fall a bit in love with the animal the second you 'do the nose to nose thing' with them.

The hedgehog is an inherently silly animal, but there's something in its industrious and utterly benign nature
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Natalie Moore Goodison
I have a hunch that he's a better speaker than a writer as his stories carry sparks of animation, but simply does not execute it well. He's a hedgehog enthusiast telling his exploits in the wilds. I would have preferred more explicit reasons on why he dislikes them as pets. His stories of people rescuing hedgehogs and founding centers are disturbing as no sane person would want to interact with people with no sense of hygiene or personal awareness. However he does a charming job of bringing thes ...more
Juliet Wilson
Hedgehogs are one of the most popular inhabitants of the British countryside (this book describes them as the most universally loved animals, but the author obviously hasn't visited any bunny blogs!).

This book is a wonderful mix of natural history, animal welfare and total eccentricity. It includes an investigation into the reasons why hedgehogs are declining in the wild, whether hedgehogs have caused population declines in seabirds in Scottish islands, an expedition to China to find the very ra
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Jolanda
Gek op egels, dat is iets wat Hugh Warwick zeker is! Al sinds ik het Engelse boek ooit in het winkeltje van het Britse Natural History Museum zag staan, hoopte ik dat het vertaald zou worden. Want het is zeker een boek wat je niet teleur zal stellen.

Wat je krijgt is een boek vol over onze prikkelige vriend, aangevuld met aandoenlijke illustraties door Dave Shephard. Hugh heeft de eerste helft van zijn boek gevuld met informatie over het hoe en wat van een egel. Maar verwacht zeker geen opsomming
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Sam
It's an inconsistent book, but a sometimes charming one. The best sections, such as the part where Warwick first uses radio devices to track hedgehogs, have a lovely flow to them -- very much in the vein of John McPhee, although not as finely-tuned. The lesser sections get bogged down in a sort of flippant dismissiveness -- as a keeper of African Pygmy Hedgehogs myself, I didn't much appreciate his attitude towards these beautiful pets. At any rate though, I'm very glad to have read this one.
Rebecca Foster
You’ll never come across anyone more enthusiastic about hedgehogs than Hugh Warwick. He believes that working for nature starts not with the intellect but with the heart: ‘falling in love’ with a particular species can lead you into a better relationship with the whole environment. A Prickly Affair tells of his 20 years spent working for hedgehog conservation. Though his writing perhaps lacks a certain poetic beauty (such as that found in Miriam Darlington’s Otter Country), his books are still a ...more
Bethany
The author's obsession with hedgehogs makes my love of them look absolutely reasonable. I wasn't impressed by the writing--the author claims to be a storyteller, but I imagine his stories are better told out loud rather than in writing. He tends to bite off more than he can chew, such as making a spurious claim that using both "hedgehog" and "porcupine" as translations for the same word renders an ancient document null and void. Still, I found myself giggling over hedgehog sexual practices, snor ...more
Peter
The author is real enthusiast for hedgehogs but he's not over-sentimental about them. At the heart of the book is some of the research on hedgehog ecology that he's carried out over the years, and it does tell you a lot about the biology and behaviour of hedgehogs, as well as dispelling some of the myths about them. Woven round that are all sorts of tales and anecdotes about the animals and the people who tend for them. There's a strong vein of eccentricity, not to say downright barminess, runni ...more
Dan
This book is great fun, and quite revealing. As always it's the humans who come out the most bizarrely. There is something very engaging about someone who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject, although without humour they can become a bore. Warwick manages to get the mix right in this book, which has a similar feel to William Bryant-Logan's "Dirt" (which was may favourite book of 2011). I will be looking out for these industrious and magical creatures with far greater vigilance ...more
sisterimapoet
A lovely read. I so enjoy natural history reads. Contrary to some opinion I liked that this wasn't a technical guide to hedgehogs and a personal and annecdotal account of the authors relationship with the little fellows. A warm and fuzzy read - and impossible not to think back to my own childhood encounters with the spiny ones.
Joshtb
it was an amazingly informative book with a pile of unusual knowledge. one of the things I really liked about this book was the fact that he pours in his own experiences much like another favorite writer James herriot.the hedgehog stew recipe was a bit surprising.all in all it was an enjoyable and inspiring fireside book.
Darlene
I have always been fascinated by hedgehogs and have made clay hedgehog broaches. I saw a pair in a local pet store a number of years ago but generally they do not live in the wild in my north central area. I enjoyed reading about the authors experiences and about the groups of people who save injured hedgehogs.
Chelsea Cahill
A fascinating and adorable look into the way people have become enamored with hedgehogs. The author has a true passion that is evident in both his writing style and his adventures tracking down hedgehogs across the globe. Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in these delightful mammals.
Katherine


A great book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about the enchanting little animals that are hedgehogs. I now want to learn more about them and would love to read more from this author. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in nature.
George Marshall
I am not really into wildlife, but actually I really enjoyed this: it is much more about the relationship that people (including Hugh Warwick who has a real passion for this) have with the hedgehogs and at times it is really funny and moving.
Martin
Showed how to admire nature without having to interfere to the point of doing more harm than good and how to be passionate without being too attached and sentimental. Quite an eye-opener.
Oanh
This is a thorougly charming book about obsession with hedgehogs - it's humane and balanced and humourous.

And the pictures of hedgehogs are just delightful.

Grecom
Brilliant! I picked this up thinking that it would be entertaining and it was. That and so much more!
Tracey  Wilde
Absolutely brilliant ! I loved it !
Very, very readable and very amusing.
Greg
The writing lacked organization, but the material was very interesting.
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