Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Here Come the Big Cats...


Big Cats: Loose in Britain is an impressive tome. At 368 pages, it is the largest book ever written on the subject. Author, Marcus Matthews began writing on his remote Dorset farm in 1987.

The book focuses on the 1970s and 1980s, when the idea of exotic predators roaming the British countryside started to become widely known. Scouring newspapers, writing to local councils and police forces, Marcus began to amass a huge amount of data, and during the years he was contacted by over 1,000 witnesses.

As well as this, Marcus has hit the road on the track of the beasts themselves looking at animal kills, footprints, film and photographs. He has been lucky enough to spot big cats in the UK himself on three occasions. With hundreds of one-to-one interviews with witnesses under his belt Marcus has produced an incredibly detailed volume.

This is no armchair researcher, but a man who works in the field, and as a country farmer knows his animals.Two decades worth of research is now, for the first time, available to the general public.

After languishing unpublished for 17 years, the Centre for Fortean Zoology is now proud to present this legendary book.

Paperback: 384 pages · Publisher: CFZ Press (13 Jun 2007) · Language English · ISBN-10: 1905723121 · ISBN-13: 978-1905723126 · Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 18.2 x 2.2 cm

Marcus is available for interview. Photographs and review copies are also available. Please telephone Jon, Mark, or Corinna at the British Center for Fortean Zoology on 01237 431413 for details.

If you are dialing from the US, the number is: 011 44 1237 431413.

1 comment:

Neil A said...

Much respect to Marcus for his sterling work, as only Karl Shuker's 'Mystery Cats Of The World' remains the other important work on this subject as there are way too many books out there connecting such felids to the paranormal and written by 'authors' who've never even escaped the cosy confines of their armchairs.