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Studies in the Art of Rat-Catching

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In "Studies in the Art of Rat-Catching" by Henry C. Barkley, readers are taken on a fascinating journey into the world of rat control. Barkley delves into the history of rat-catching, providing insight into the methods and techniques used by rat-catchers throughout the ages.

The author's passion for the subject shines through in his detailed descriptions and anecdotes, making even the most mundane aspects of rat-catching come alive on the page. From the use of traps and poisons to the art of tracking and trapping rats, Barkley leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of this age-old practice.

One of the standout features of this book is Barkley's clear and concise writing style, making complex concepts easy to understand for readers of all levels. Additionally, the inclusion of practical tips and advice makes this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in pest control or simply curious about the world of rat-catching.

Overall, "Studies in the Art of Rat-Catching" is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and techniques of rat control. Barkley's passion for the subject is infectious, making this book an engaging and informative read from start to finish.

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This book is often described as an instruction manual on the subject of rat-catching. It does indeed contain a good deal about rats, ferrets and dogs, but it is much more than that. Barkley fills the book with humour, sharp observation, and his sheer joy of living in the countryside. The framework of the book is indeed a course by fictional rat-catcher Bob Joy, who suggests that rat-catching might be a suitable alternative career for boys at Eton, Harrow and the other major English public schools. We follow Bob as he takes us through some typical days working at both rat catching and rabbit catching using dogs and ferrets.

Barkley adds in more sly digs at the public school system, stories about dogs, stories about country folk, and more stories about dogs. A glorious hodge-podge of a book.

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