Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”

Marc Hamer has lived a great many lives — from wandering the English countryside as a homeless teen to teaching creative writing to inmates. But it’s his latest chapter, that of an author and retired mole-catcher, that has sparked interest around the world. Hamer’s debut book, How to Catch a Mole, has been called “effortlessly readable,” translated into twelve languages and longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing.

“We have to accept that things are unfinished. In acceptance, I’ve found a kind of beauty and poetry … One day, I’m going to drop dead. But I’m not going to drop dead because everything I ever wanted to do has been achieved … There’s always unfinished business, and I like the poetry in that.” – Marc Hamer