The Great Shoots
Britain's finest shooting estates — past and present
Now in its Third Edition, The Great Shoots continues to be unique in the history of sporting literature: the first and only book to ever embark on a comprehensive survey of the game-shooting scene, both as it was and as it stands today. In this new and revised edition the fascinating story is brought right up to date. Many of the shoots chosen are owned by the rich and famous, and Brian Martin here provides a rare insight into their social lives; providing fascinating comment on their own estates and on shooting generally.
Before detailing the history and present sport of each estate, region by region, the author sets the scene by outlining the history of game shooting in Britain: the changing attitude of society; how economics have played an increasingly important part; how the popular press has perpetuated an often inaccurate image, how technical developments have shaped both gun-making and game rearing; and much more. The inter-relationship between shooting and conservation, and the important contribution to the general welfare of our flora and fauna by the overwhelming majority of shoot proprietors, are given special attention.
This superb volume has become the established celebration of the gameshooting world today.
Reviews for The Great Shoots
As well as being an informative and interesting read, looking at both the historical and current shooting scene on a number of top estates, The Great Shoots could also be described as a coffee table book. It will, no doubt, grace many a shoot lodge and gun room for the casual reader to dip in and out of.
BASC, Shooting & Conservation Magazine
This is a beautiful and thoroughly researched book with a proper sense of history mixed with a clear understanding of the changing nature of shooting sports. It gives an insight into a past-time that remains important in much of the rural West Country.
Philip Bowern, Western Morning News
This is a sumptuous book that you can dip in and out of, filled with nostalgia and great photography and has become an established authority of the gameshooting world today.
Martin Stanhope, NFU Countryside
The Great Shoots is an impressive book to behold whether taking pride of place on a drawing room coffee table, or standing proud on a den library shelf… The Great Shoots would be a welcome addition to the libraries of game shots worldwide.
Gary Creighton, British Country Sports