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Every year, from the end of June to the end of August, Bruce and his family go to their cedar-clad cottage on the blue, wide lake on the edge of the wilderness. At first, the summer of 1954 seems like any other. But just when he realises life is perfect, everything starts to change. He's ten, the family dynamics are shifting, and over the summer both the harshness of the adult world and the patterns of the natural world reveal themselves. By the time the weather turns he will be a different child, and will have chosen his own path to understanding the world.
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Bruce Fogle is a veterinarian and prolific author of pet-care books and travel narratives. Canadian by birth, he has lived and worked in London since the sixties, when there were still cows to be treated in West London dairies. He opened The London Vet Clinic forty years ago and has been treating generations of pets ever since. His pet-care guides with Dorling Kindersley have been published around the world, in multiple languages, making him the world's bestselling pet-care author.

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In this glorious memoir of boyhood holidays spent at a cedar-clad cottage by a lake in Ontario, he proves himself to be a craftsman of a writer...It's a book full of quiet wisdom, and also an inspiring account of how an adult vocation can grow from the formative experiences of childhood. A long, hot summer's day of a book - full of wonderful stories, poignant memories and acute observations of the natural world. -- Kate Humble Enchantingly written. Gently and lovingly, Bruce Fogle's writing highlights something we are in danger of losing for ever: that we can understand ourselves most profoundly only in relation to the wilderness. -- Ruth Padel

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