Days of Wonder: Contributions to the Daily Express, 1966-1971 (Henry Williamson Collections)

June 14, 2021
Days of Wonder: Contributions to the Daily Express, 1966-1971 (Henry Williamson Collections)

Henry Williamson remains best known for his classic naturestories, Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon. The Daily Expresshelped to launch his literary career in the early 1920s, and alsogave him much support during the latter half of the 1960s, whichrepresented a late flowering of Williamson's long relationship withthe Express. The 38 articles collected here for the first time werepublished in the Daily Express between 1966 and 1971.Subjects range from graphic descriptions of the battles of theSomme and Vimy Ridge, written on the fiftieth anniversaries of thebattles, to essays on ecology and conservation – in particular, insupport of banning the hunting of otters, and a trilogy of essayson the occasion of a congress of the World Wildlife Fund held inLondon in 1970. The late Richard Richardson, a talented wildlifeartist whom Williamson had known in Norfolk, was commissioned bythe Express to illustrate several articles, and his attractivedrawings are also reproduced here.