Foxes in the midst

"He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up--to be killed in his turn."
- The Jungle Book


Katriona Chapman has produced an illustrated book called Brockley Foxtrot. She writes:

The book is about how I shared my garden in Brockley with families of foxes year after year. I ended up kind of falling in love with the foxes, and wrote and illustrated this book as a tribute to them when I moved out of the area at the start of the year. 

You can find out more about the book and see pictures at my website: http://katrionachapman.com/tomatitopress 

I sell the book via that website and also at my online shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/106369088/hand-made-illustrated-book-brockley

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

When will people learn that foxes should not be encouraged in the city?

Foxes are a huge pest problem and aside from the health hazards as seen by many news stories they are a danger to babies & small children when fox-lovers who feed them move away and they no longer have access to an easy source of food.

I don't feel able to have my back door open in the summer unless I'm in the room in case a fox gets in and attacks my children.

The foxes in this area are totally fearless, roam everywhere and are a pest. They really should not be encouraged - let alone be painted as lovely fluffy animals as this woman seems to be doing.

Anonymous said...

Foxes do not attack children and babies for goodness sake! One suspicious tabloid story and idiots think they are wolves.

Anonymous said...

Statistically dogs are far more dangerous to babies and small children than foxes.

A Chicken said...

Yeah, like it's ALL about human babies. Typical middle class selfishness.

Anonymous said...

I had a fox in my house, hiding. My dog was upset. I think foxes are wild animals and shouldn't be fed or encouraged.

Just a thought said...

The illustrations are beautiful - congratulations!

Funnily enough most people who read fiction don't go around implementing all of the values and ideas expressed in that book... it's not propaganda, it's just the lovingly crafted story.

David said...

It's a lovely book. I own a copy and I have 2 children and a back door, frequently open. Buy one! Ir's cute!

Anonymous said...

I've actually taken to setting snares down for the ones I get. They work with surprising frequency. Thought provoking, really.

Anonymous said...

Upset? I would have thought any dog would die of embarrassment if it were known that their territory was invaded by a fox.

Usually dogs instinctively chase foxes, as they do cats, unless the poor things have been infantalised by their over indulgent owners.


Anonymous said...

Only a middle-class, Brockley dog could ever be described as "upset"

kolp said...

Is there a Kindle edition?

Ian on the Hill said...

As they said in Jurassic Park,
"If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is. "
If there's a niche they can fill then species will fill it, so sit back and enjoy the ride and rejoice in a part of city life that doesn't consist of just us and brick.

Kat Chapman said...

Hi Kolp,

I'm afraid there's no Kindle edition at the moment. All the books I bring out under my small-press name 'Tomatito Press' are hand-made print editions... I may get into producing e-versions at some point, but nothing definite as yet!

max said...

Looks wonderful!

hazeladams said...

I have the book and it's a wonderful piece of art - I also like the fact we share (outside) space with foxes in Brockley - I don't believe they attack children either.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would you want to encourage mange ridden vermin into your garden? There's plenty of cute dogs/cats/whatever begging for a home. Get yourself your own proper pet for god sake.

Anonymous said...

I want one but they all seem to be sold - any more coming on sale soon?

Tamsin said...

Ambivalent about foxes but I would also like a copy of the book.

I think, having had it promoted here, you will have to go to a second edition!

Hibernis said...

Looks beautiful - although would still rather be rid of the mangy urban foxes. I was cheering from the sidelines a few years ago when the dog next door got hold of a fox cub in the garden and dispatched it fairly swiftly...

Kat Chapman said...

To 'anonymous' who asked if it was sold out... no there are plenty of copies available. Someone bought one via etsy this morning and etsy automatically lists the item as 'sold out' until I re-list it. I've now changed it so that there are more than one available so hopefully I won't get that 'sold out' problem again!

jurrasic lark said...

As they said in Jurassic Park, "RUN!!!!!!"

kolp said...

Thanks for the response Kat. I asked about Kindle edition because I very much like your illustrations, but I'm not allowed to get anymore physical books, til i "thin out" my current stock.

Anonymous said...

Yes he was more embarrassed than upset. He was fervent chaser of foxes but the fox had gone to ground under a pile of boxes and he couldn't get to it. He came from sturdy working dog class roots in rural Cheshire. Born in a stable. I expect he absorbed the generally middle class Brockley atmosphere. If you can't beat them join them.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully drawn book of the foxes in our midst. Loving the colours especially. Well worth it.

Darylh said...

My copies arrived today. Its a great book, makes a nice gift for someone local.

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