A Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog


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Hugh Warwick is obsessed with hedgehogs, and why not? They are truly magical creatures, and he conveys their magic to readers. 'A Prickly Affair' is a very touching book, funny in parts, serious in others, and always entertaining. It is clear that Hugh Warwick really likes hedgehogs, knows a lot about them, and wants everyone else to share his understanding.

This is one of those rare books which both entertains you, and teaches you a lot. It is perhaps not suitable for children, especially any who are likely to be upset by the idea of eating hedgehogs. However, any thinking adult who is interested in the wild creatures which visit their garden, is likely to enjoy 'A Prickly Affair'. Maybe not all of us have the stamina to sit in fields in the dark, braving the cold for a glimpse of prickly creatures. We'd rather read about them while tucked up in a warm bed. Never mind because Hugh Warwick undergoes this uncomfortable task for us, as well as travelling to talk to other hedgehog enthusiasts in America, opening doors to worlds of hedgehog lore which we could never imagine existed. Highly recommended for anyone fascinated by wildlife and human quirkiness.