Country Life Magazine
"Bart and Bounder have produced a Five Star book, which is a blazing beacon
in a distant landscape."
Ronnie Corbett on the Bounder.
" I find his spirit and humour and energies very, very invigorating and refreshing, and here it all is repeated in this wonderful book. He does throb with spirit and loves the country pursuits. It makes a most refreshing read and I just hope it is a great success.
Daily Express, Penny Meyrick
"This book is huge fun, written with vivacity and peopled by characters that politicians and political correctness would rather airbrush out of modern life. I'd recommend this as an ideal gift for the cantankerous, the inquisitive and the open minded - teetotallers and vegetarians excepted."
“This lovely book chronicles the rustic ramblings of two extraordinary characters through a Britain that has all but disappeared, where there is still a real quality of life and man is altogether kinder to his fellow man”.
"Like a pair of disreputable Victorian villains, the Bart and the Bounder have confessed their sins in a wonderful book, titled "Endangered Species". What makes the tales in their book such a treat is that the pair not only ransacked their long memories and old game books for anecdotes but actually went out on the road together for 3 months last year, travelling Britain, ferreting out old acquaintances - gamekeepers, gypsies, coal miners - and quizzing them about their secrets of the countryside. In their research, they did stumble on a single hidden truth that rural writers who have taught us to accept with mournful certainty the final passing of a rural race and its way of life may have spoken too soon. The Bart and Bounder's belief is rather that "the English countryside is so magical that it makes new countrymen every generation, and the new countrymen are in every way as much a part of the country as the old ones were 100 years ago. You don't have to be born there to be one of them, you only have to find a way of enjoying it when you live there." Country people are not really an endangered species at all and they will never die out until England's very last green acre goes under concrete. It is even possible then, that the next generation will throw up a a pair of exuberant aberrations like the Bart and the Bounder. Lord, help us."
John Murrays have just commissioned a new book from the Bart, co-authored by Philip Carr-Gomm, an expert in Magic. The Bart became fascinated by all the countryman's stories of unexplainable happenings and decided to investigate. It turns out that many of those who have spent time in England, from Julius Caesar to Winston Churchill, have taken the subject very seriously indeed we've heard that the latter even had a special "occult operations centre" under his War Room in Whitehall to work magic against Hitler! - and it is no wonder interest is springing up again. "The Book of English Magic", will take a serious, historical perspective of the subject, meet some extraordinary people, and even show readers how to experiment a little themselves a la "Dangerous Book for Boys".