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About “The Snow Cow”

September 11, 2009

silvio's kuh_klima_DW_Wissen_652247gIt was my mother who showed me that the mountains were some use even outside the skiing season. Her mountain-walking career started with her escape from Switzerland into Italy at the end of the Second World War, and ended with her being helicoptered off the Unterrothorn-Ried path in Zermatt in August 2005. She was an intrepid walker— but she was afraid of cows.

Cows are big. Cows come up to you and breathe on you. Cows are clumsy. Cows can squash you by accident. Cows’ lack of savagery makes them all the more sinister. At least when a lion kills you it is because it wants to eat you.

So I wrote “The Snow Cow” to cheer her up.

The cattle stampede in Arosa is genuine. I’ve been there while it was going on. And enthusiasts really have reintroduced bears into both Italy and Austria. The rest of the story, though, is fiction.

I hope.

Read the story when it appears on this blog next Monday. The book doesn’t come out until 19 November, but you can pre-order it now or request a review copy.

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