The Fox Project grew out of my accidental fostering a wild fox cub in suburban London. Or, to put it more accurately, Little Fox reared himself, using my garden, food and company to grow up and learn about the world before going on to successfully re-wild himself.
The experience made me curious about what happens when people get together in a more deliberate, organised attempt to help wildlife: how successful is it? What does it tell us about animals – and humans? So in 2017, having moved to the South West, I volunteered at a wildlife rescue centre in Somerset, following the fortunes of some fox cubs from the point at which they were taken into human care until they were released, as adults, back into the wild. Orphaned Foxes: A true tale of rescue and release is the short read documenting my experiences. It’s available as both a paperback print and an ebook here.
Photo by Glyn Lowe
The working title of the second project could be called Confessions of a Post-American. It chronicles my discovery that by accident of birth I was enmeshed in the taxation system of America, a country I’ve only set foot in once, to the point where I could be bankrupted. The FATCA Diaries – a better, more explanatory title – will tell a personal story that has geopolitical implications for the relationship that all of us, willing or not, have with the United States. I don’t know when this publication will be out; although I am no longer an American citizen, I need time to process what was an enormously stressful experience.
The third project-in-the-pipeline is completely different from the previous two and – well, it’s a secret. Anyone familiar with The Secret Life of God will know how I love them! But the photo above provides a bit of a clue.