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Jim Crumley


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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.”

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

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About the author

Jim Crumley

A nature writer, journalist and poet with 30 books to his name, Jim Crumley is also in high demand as a contributor for TV and radio, as well as print media. 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 (2015). His latest series of books focuses on the four seasons, beginning with The Nature of Autumn (2016), which was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize, and followed by The Nature of Winter (2017).

“Jim Crumley soars with the eagles … virtuoso writing.” 
BBC Countryfile Magazine

“Enthralling and often strident.” Observer

“An astonishingly good writer. Not just an astonishingly good nature writer, but an outstanding artist with prose.” West Highland Free Press

“Jim Crumley is the pre-eminent Scottish nature writer.” Guardian

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