Studies in the Art of Rat-Catching


Read by Clive Catterall

(4.7 stars; 16 reviews)

This book is often described as an instruction manual on the subject of rat-catching. It does indeed contain a good deal about rats, ferrets and dogs, but it is much more than that. Barkley fills the book with humour, sharp observation, and his sheer joy of living in the countryside. The framework of the book is indeed a course by fictional rat-catcher Bob Joy, who suggests that rat-catching might be a suitable alternative career for boys at Eton, Harrow and the other major English public schools. We follow Bob as he takes us through some typical days working at both rat catching and rabbit catching using dogs and ferrets.

Barkley adds in more sly digs at the public school system, stories about dogs, stories about country folk, and more stories about dogs. A glorious hodge-podge of a book. (Clive Catterall) (3 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Preface and Introduction 8:23 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 01 13:25 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 02 17:47 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 03 23:54 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 04 17:55 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 05 11:03 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 06 16:49 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 07 15:51 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 08 17:14 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 09 17:15 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapter 10 20:45 Read by Clive Catterall

Reviews

Tongue in cheek fun

(5 stars)

very well read. Content is interesting but written in spirit of fun. love it.