A wildly meandering river likened to a viper broken by a buzzard – Williamson’s inventiveness is a wonder, and almost always nature-drawn.

‘Seen by day from the hilltops, the river lay its course like a viper broken by a buzzard’s beak and claws, marked with brown on its twisted and bluish-white coils.’


Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 136

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