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Eileen Alice Soper (1905-1990). When Badgers Awake.

John Lister-Kaye, naturalist and wildlife writer, describes his experience with Soper in “Gods of the Morning”:

“As we approached the (badger) setts in the dusk she seemed to slough off her human-ness and transmogrify into something more than half wild. I couldn't understand how she sat so still. She denied cold and rain, she ignored itches – a gnat landing on her nose – she seemed to become part of the wood herself, part of the tree, the soil, the still evening air …”

More here, and here.

Special note to my siblings: Eileen Soper was the illustrator of our beloved childhood books by Enid Blyton – look!