Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley has written more than thirty books, mostly on the wildlife and wild landscape of his native Scotland. The first instalment of his Seasons series, The Nature of Autumn, was longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017 and shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize 2017. The follow-up to that book is the stunning The Nature of Winter. The third in the series, The Nature of Spring, was Radio 4’s Book of the Week. The Nature of Summer, the final book of  Seasons, will be published later this year by Saraband.

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 (Saraband, 2015).

Jim is a widely published journalist and has a monthly column in The Scots Magazine, as well as being a poet and occasional broadcaster on both radio and television.


by Jim Crumley

  • RRP: £10 (print)
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781912235032


Buy Kingfisher

In the Encounters in the Wild series, renowned nature writer Jim Crumley gets up close and personal with British wildlife: here, the kingfisher. With his inimitable passion and vision, he relives memorable encounters with some of our best-loved native species, offering intimate insights into their extraordinary lives.

“Colour is to king sher what slipperiness is to eels. The particular quality of their plumage that startles, that makes gibberish peddlers out of field-guide compilers and induces frustrated poets to throw themselves off tall cliffs, is nothing more than an ingenious arrangement of shades of blue, all but one of which are unexceptional in their own right, but which are downright sensational when they are so intricately and inspirationally juxtaposed with each other… If there is anything more flamboyantly haute couture in all the fauna of the land, I have not seen it.”

REVIEWS OF Kingfisher

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