The Snow Goose is a poetic and deeply moving story which is universally associated with the evacuation of Dunkirk in World War Two. It concerns a disfigured, solitary man who lives in an abandoned lighthouse, and a village girl who brings a wounded goose to him. The understanding which grows between the man and the girl; the wildness of their surroundings; the almost mystical presence of the goose; the heroic Dunkirk adventure, and the poignant ending of this twentieth century classic leave a lasting memory in the mind of the reader.
‘Never was there a more masterful fusion of story and illustration, both beguilingly simple, so beautifully imagined, so wonderfully observed.’ -- MICHAEL MORPURGO
PAUL GALLICO was born in New York City in 1897 to an Italian father and an Austrian mother. After an early job as film critic for The New York Daily News he went on to become one of the best-known sports writers in the USA. Although he always considered himself to be an American writer, in 1936 he moved to Europe where he devoted himself to fiction, producing over 40 books and some 200 short stories. Already a minor celebrity in the United States, the publication of The Snow Goose in 1941 finally brought him wider fame. After a short spell as a war correspondent between 1943 and 1946, he worked as a full-time freelance writer right up until his death in Antibes, two weeks short of his seventy-ninth birthday.
PETER SCOTT, son of Captain Robert Falcon Scott of the Antarctic, was born in 1909. While studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge, he switched to History of Art and Architecture and then studied art for two years before settling at the East Lighthouse on the River Nene. Here he painted wildfowl, and kept a small collection of captive birds. When the war came, he joined the Royal Navy and served mainly in Steam Gunboats operating in the Channel. Afterwards he became increasingly concerned about the decline of wildlife as a result of human activities. In 1946 he founded the Severn Wildfowl Trust, now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which has established nine centres throughout the UK. He was also a founder of the World Wildlife Fund, and was the first person to be knighted for services to conservation and the environment. He died in 1989, two weeks before his eightieth birthday. As well as his worldwide fame as a conservationist he was also a leading painter of wildlife, particularly waterfowl. His thoughtful and varied illustrations for The Snow Goose are among his earliest published works.
Editional with illustrations bt Peter Scott first published in 1946 by Micheal Joseph Ltd
This edition Published in 2016 for the WIldfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) for the 70th Anniversary.