Neil is to be congratulated for such an extraordinary piece of writing. A large proportion of the book concerns big cats, but as Neil - despite his detractors - is one of the leading mystery cat researchers in the country, this is hardly surprising.l However, what makes it so much better than yer run of the mill big cat books which seem to be largely rehashed press cuttings, and in which the sentance "err it was black, it had a long tail and looked like my Labrador" seem to be repeated over and over again ad nauseam, this is the first-hand story of years of dedication and hands-on research.
The non-cat chapters are equally as interesting, covering a whole gamut of subjects from out-of-place animals to what Neil calls the "nameless anomalies" which would not be out of place in an episode of the X-Files from about ten years ago.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's only £14.99 which is hardly extortionate in this day and age, and in the unlikely instance that you don't like it, it is so substantial that you can use it as a door stop, throw it at your dog, or wrap it in a pillow-case to make a handy cosh, and tootle on down top your nearest sub-post office.
Well done mate.
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Cfz (Mar 2009)
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm