by Jim Crumley
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