The Fox In the Cupboard: A Memoir

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When London-based single mother Jane Shilling finds herself with a couple of weeks unexpectedly free and no chance of going away, she decides to pursue a childhood ambition and learn to ride. So began her odd, late-blooming affair with foxhunting: a passion that was to take her back to the scenes of her childhood and transform her life in ways that were unexpected, often enchanting, and frequently uncomfortable.

The Fox in the Cupboard is the vivid account of the hidden, beautiful, and frequently comic world of horses and hunting, and the extraordinary characters the author met along the way. It is a book about searching for the place where you belong and about embarking on an adventure at the very point in your life when you thought it was too late.

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Jane Shilling is a columnist with The Times (London) who lives in Greenwich, England, with her son. She hunts with the Ashford Valley.

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Starred Review. In this splendid memoir, London Times columnist Shilling details her passion for foxhunting, a slow romance that begins midlife with a desire to ride, which she painstakingly learns to do, then escalates: she buys her own horse and becomes an avid rider and devoted hunter. The lure of foxhunting, a demanding and highly regimented sport with packs of hounds trained from puppyhood, isn't an American penchant (and foxhunting with hounds was recently outlawed in Britain), but Shilling brings the world of the hunt to vivid and bloody life. She lovingly and breathtakingly describes every detail, from the dressing of horse and rider and the wild determination of the hounds to the thrill of the chase, right down to the capture of the "talismanic" brush (the tail of the hunted fox). In telling the history of foxhunting, the breeding of hounds, Shilling's hunt club, her move from the city (London) to the country (Greenwich) and the transcendent emotions she feels, Shilling shifts seamlessly between past and present, personal and political. Readers might find Shilling too glib on the violence of the hunt, which she insists is neither as cruel as bullfighting nor as violent as other means of "controlling" foxes. Few may come away sharing Shilling's hunt politics, but none will fail to appreciate the provocation of her arguments nor fail to enjoy her evocative tale of her love affair with the English countryside in all its feral glory.
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