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The brutal shooting of a bear cub galvanises ecologist Callis MacArthur into becoming an activist. Dreaming of bears roaming free – even in Scotland, a thousand years after their disappearance – she finds herself exploring Europe’s remotest forests and meeting colourful characters who are as passionate about nature as she is. But as she begins to embrace her wild side, she faces escalating challenges: she must risk her career and endure agonising personal losses to avoid being swept up in events and emotions beyond her control. Combining lyrical prose, mythical themes, romance and a cracking plot, Bear Witness is a page-turner with a heart and mind.

REVIEWS OF Bear Witness

'There have been moments throughout the history of nature writing when a writer slips through the electrified fences that keep nature and society apart, and liberates not just a biological truth but also a self-fulfilling prophecy. Mandy Haggith's daring and at times beautifully worked novel is one such moment. This IS what will happen. Read and learn.' - Jim Crumley, author of The Last Wolf

'The prose is lyrical and poetic when let loose in the wild. [Haggith] balances these moments of quiet with the pace of a romantic thriller.' - The Skinny Read more

"The writing is both lyrical and tight." - The Scotsman Read more

"A 'what-if?' with an emotional heart." - Linda Cracknell

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Bear Witness

About the author

Mandy Haggith

Mandy Haggith is an environmental campaigner and former academic whose writing career has embraced poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her work is mostly concerned with nature and the arts, and her first novel, ‘The Last Bear’, won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award in 2009. Mandy has had two collections of poetry published, ‘Castings’ and ‘letting light in’.

Praise for Mandy Haggith:
“Outstanding originality and quality.” – Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
“Beautifully written – moving and exciting.” – Ann Oughton, Historical Novels Review