Are big cats roaming Dorset? What's the evidence? Have you seen one? Sightings and reports of big cats roaming Britain now amount to thousands each year, and Dorset is a hot-spot for encounters with these strange creatures. Whether you are a firm believer, open-minded or sceptical, this book brings together all the county's known sightings of these mysterious panther-, lynx- and puma-like animals, to help you make up your own mind. This gripping study looks at the evidence and the questions surrounding the big cat phenomenon. How do they defy capture and why are no bodies found? Roaring Dorset! discusses the practical aspects in depth and offers more otherworldly explanations for these magnificent, elusive felines. In her best-selling book Mystery Big Cats, Merrily Harpur investigated the phenomenon nationwide and received huge critical acclaim. Now she focuses on her home county of Dorset, location of some of the best, closest and most vivid encounters.
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Merrily is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer and has contributed regular cartoons and feature articles to The Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Fortean Times, Daily Mail, Private Eye, Spectator, Country Living, The Field, Country Life and other British and Irish national publications. For the past 20 years she has divided her time between Dorset and County Roscommon in Ireland, where she co-founded the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, and of which she is Director. In 2002 she created the Dorset Big Cats Register with the aim of recording and publishing sightings of anomalous big cats in the county. She has published five previous books, of which the best-selling Mystery Big Cats (2006) investigated the big cat phenomenon nationwide and received huge critical acclaim. She gives talks on the subject in the USA and England. In this book she turns her attention to her home county of Dorset, location of some of the closest and most vivid encounters with these elusive felines.
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