“This is the best book ever written about hunting” said current Master of the Cottesmore, Andrew Osborne M.F.H, standing in his stirrups at this season’s Opening Meet. For the first time in over half a century the Society makes Cyril Heber Percy’s masterpiece ‘Hym’ available in a beautiful gold embossed edition with Michael Lyne’s illustrations brought to the fore. It’s the perfect present for this Christmas – the story of a huge dogfox’s life and death at the jaws of the pack he has eluded throughout the novel. Colonel Heber Percy’s deep appreciation of the environment in which the fox lived and survived, which shines through, makes this a wonderful book for children. With a naturalist’s eye he brings the life of a wild fox to us in a gripping narrative of the challenges, the triumphs and tragedies, encountered by a dog fox reaching maturity, mating and siring litters of cubs. This will delight and inform anyone who cares for the British countryside and its wildlife – not to mention all those who have hunted in Rutland – or who are planning to do so.