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The Fox of Richmond Park

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When your family home has been demolished by a ruling power terrified of mutiny and the love of your life gives their heart to another, wouldn't you search the open city for a better future?

This is a story of one Londoner who found himself in this situation. He just happens to have fur and four legs.
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Unbound Digital
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, london
Vince is a stubborn fox with a temper. When he refuses to move to the cemetery at the order of Edward, the head stag in charge of Richmond park, he decides to leave the park and find the park his Grandparents came from. He sets off with Rita, a magpie in search of an adventure. They meet a cast of characters along the way, some helpful, others much less so.
I liked the concept of an adult book that anthropomorphises animals, but found it would go a bit too far with this at times, not too keen on
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, unbound
Just delightful: a modern animal tale of trials, adventure and seeking a forever home. Vince is a stubborn and grumpy fox, who chooses to leave his park in search of a better one, somewhere else in London, where his grandparents came from. He is joined on his travels by Rita, a cheerful magpie who loves a good sing, even if nobody else does. I found I couldn't put this down and I loved all the characters and descriptions of the world from an animals perspective. Not a kids book, though older kid ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do like a bit of animal fiction and this one caught my eye as I used to live near Richmond Park, which is south west edge of London. I even got married in Richmond Park!

For the first couple of chapters I was a bit worried that I was not going to like this novel. The fact that the foxes cried tears and sobbed like humans bothered me, but it remained the one thing from the book I disliked. Other than that, the characters and story itself are really solid. This is a tale of a journey full of adve
Leni Iversen
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Three solid stars from me for this tale of a fox in London and his good helpers, companions, and manipulative enemies. Lots of great characters here. It's an animal story for adults, but there's nothing preventing a child from reading and enjoying it (as long as they can cope with a little bit of animal injury and death). It's certainly less brutal that a lot of animal books that are usually considered children's books (Call of the Wild and Plague Dogs spring to mind). I'll be passing this on to ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Took a chance on this after reading a post on good reads. Excellent story and lovely to read as an ex-Londoner. Elements of animals of farthing wood but for a slightly older audience in general. Good amount of suspense and I enjoyed some of the subplots as much as the main narrative. Easy to read in two days thanks to some cliffhangers and solid dialogue. Favourite character was Laurie - I'd love to see more of her!! ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

At first I had my misgivings, especially because of the naming system this book uses. All of the creatures with the exception of the pets have Human names, but no real explanation on how they landed them or why. I think I prefer a system like in Warriors where they are named something natural; I never really did come to terms with this. I also felt like at times they were 'too human'. Crying, sobbing etc, it just didn't fi
Heather Hayden
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely story about a fox trying to find a home, a magpie who loves to sing and wants to go on an adventures, and a motley cast of other characters either trying to help or hinder their progress. I greatly enjoyed this story and I would love to read more about the characters in the future.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't often give 5 stars, but The Fox of Richmond Park so completely and unreservedly deserves it. This reads like a fable, is loaded to overflowing with adventure and suspense and manages to tell a couple of sweet love stories in the process.
Beyond the fun, though, and beyond the suspense, there is an over-arching message of politics and power, greed, and betrayal here, so obviously influenced by the era of Trump, a message so profoundly important but one that never dulls the fun of the read.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I took a chance on this novel and I'm so glad I did. Vince the fox really drew me in as a character and I really found my heart in my mouth as his adventures unfolded. Kate's portrayal of a twenty-first century London as the setting for the novel worked very well, particularly with Socks' owner, and the book explored issues facing wildlife without straying from the plot. I couldn't put this book down, and couldn't wait for what happened next. There are so many twists and turns in the plot. To so ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book through Netgalley for an honest review.

I won't lie, what immediately drew me to this book was the idea of seeing London through the eyes of its furry residents. While I don't live there, London is one of my most favourite cities.

This book was a delight. I loved how certain things were changed to accommodate the animal lexicon (a "leap" as a unit of measurement, a "season" or "moon" as a measure of time, "mother nature" and "scat" as curse words) and how interesting al
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It sounded great initially but I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. Fears allayed with ease; the story turned out fantastically well. Following the adventures of Vince, a lovable but contemptuous fox and his band of animal misfits after being kicked out of Richmond Park by Edward, the alpha stag and ruler of Richmond Park. The story follows multiple threads but they all weave together and compliment each other, leading to a brilliant, rewarding and emotional story for the little orange guy wit ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Hum, I won't say I was exactly disappointed in this story, it wasn't what I was expecting after all the 5 star ratings.

Cute story about a fox, Vince, who wants to find a better home. Along the way he has many helpers and an enemy who has accomplices.

Nothing deep or thought provoking - might be a good book to read to kids or for young adults. A little bit of violence with the death of a couple of animals but not brutal.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read - loved every moment.
Each character is vibrant, engaging, creating emotions that lasted with me hours after I put my Kindle down - from Vince the fox, bringing a smile to my face, to the villain Edward (I boo and hiss at deer when I see them now). Half way through I forgot I was reading about animals, I was so involved in what was going on.
A wonderful read, highly recommended. Kate Dreyer is a name to look out for.
Sherry Mills
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Harry  Steele
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful adventure for anyone who grew up with The Animals of Farthing Wood. It's geared a little older than those books and has a whiff of social commentary and politics about it (as the animals of the park suffer under the dictatorship of Edward, the head stag) but at its core the story of Vince the fox is full of fun, excitement and a cast of hilarious characters. ...more
Jenny Grieve-laing
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
An easy read featuring animals on a quest for a better society. Pleasant enough story but it has been done better in the past (Duncton Wood, Watership Down). Probably better aimed at the young adult reader.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story! Nothing very deep & the storyline is unresolved in certain aspects, but I suppose this makes way for sequels.
Lucy Walters
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cat character in this is great, socks 4 lyf
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Gemma Bennett
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A telling of being kicked out of the room with a view. The hassle of moving to find that perfect place, the neighbourhood watch from hell and the public transport of London. This story is that of a Londoner trying to find his place amongst the other 8 and a half million humans who inhabit the city. This Londoner though, just happens to have four legs and a tail
Cited as a modern day retelling of Farthing Wood, well if the animals of Farthing Wood swore and didn’t like each other that little bit m
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
'The Fox of Richmond Park' is a story about a fox. From Richmond Park (in London). Short-tempered Vince is tired of living in the park under the controlling rule of the resident deer herd, led by the stag Edward. Leaving behind his home and his ex-lover, he embarks on a quest northwards to try and find the fabled park home of his grandparents.

The story is fairly simple and easy to follow but has enough twists and turns to keep interesting. The characters he meets along the way are fleshed-out an
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