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The Nature of Winter


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During winter, dark days of wild storms can give way to the perfect, glistening stillness of frost-encrusted winter landscapes – it is the stuff of wonder and beauty, of nature at its utmost. In The Nature of Winter, Jim Crumley ventures into our countryside to experience firsthand the chaos and the quiet solitude of nature’s rest period. He bears witness to the lives of remarkable animals such as golden eagles, red deer and even whales as they battle intemperate weather and the turbulence of climate change.

In the snow Jim discovers ancient footsteps that lead him to reflect on the journey of his personal nature-writing life – a journey that takes in mountain legends, dear departed friends and an enduring fascination and deep love for nature. Simply, he evokes winter in all its drama, in all its pathos, in all its glory.

REVIEWS OF The Nature of Winter

"This book is all luminous moments, small delights and bright meditations drawn from the northern cold… there is deeply indigenous wisdom here… Crumley invites us to linger a while and witness frosty gifts made vivid by the warmth of his conversation." Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife Magazine

"Connoisseurs of nature and good writing will be enthralled by his first-person wildlife encounters. His accounts…are written with dazzling clarity, lyrical tilt and a story-teller’s skill." Julie Brominicks, BBC Countryfile Magazine, Book of the Month

"Inviting and informative…Crumley has earned himself the enviable position of our foremost nature commentator…Meditative…bewitching…outspoken…persuasive…a true winter's tale." Rosemary Goring, Herald

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  • Rights: UK and Commonwealth
  • BIC code(s): WN
  • BISAC code(s): NAT000000

The Nature of Winter

About the author

Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley is a passionate advocate for Britain’s landscape and animals, as well as the reintroduction of species such as sea eagles, beavers and wolves. He is a nature writer, journalist and poet with some 30 books to his name.

The Nature of Autumn has been longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017 and was for the shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize. Jim’s 2014 book, The Eagle’s Way, was shortlisted for a prestigious Saltire Society award, and his Encounters in the Wild series – which sees Jim get up close and personal with Britain’s favourite animals – has found him many new readers. He has also recently written about the return of the beaver to the UK’s wetlands in Nature’s Architect.


Praise for The Nature of Autumn:

The Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize for nature writing, SHORTLISTED

“A delightful meditation.” – Stephen Moss, Books of the Year, Guardian

“Nature writing is like trying to catch birds with cobwebs. Crumley’s just has a higher tensile strength than most.” Herald

“Breathtaking… This nature book is a delight…words that freshen and sparkle the everyday world and sprinkle warmth and colour into the heart of it.” Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife

“Enchanting.” Sara Maitland

“A passionate, compelling, very personal work… the honesty of his voice is striking.” Scottish Review of Books

“Enthralling and often strident.” Observer

“The best nature writer working in Britain today.” Los Angeles Times