Lakeland Wild

Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley is the author of more than forty books, mostly on the wildlife and wild landscape of his native Scotland, many of them making the case for species reintroductions, or ‘rewilding’. His Seasons series, a quartet of books exploring the wildlife and landscapes and how climate change is affecting our environment across the four seasons, is highly acclaimed.  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 third in the series, The Nature of Spring, was Radio 4’s Book of the Week. The Nature of Summer, was shortlisted for the 2021 Highland Book Prize.  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 written about the return of the beaver to the UK’s wetlands in Nature’s Architect, and his most recent title is Lakeland Wild, his first to focus entirely on an English landscape. Lakeland Wild was longlisted for the 2022 Lakeland Book of the Year prize. Jim is also a poet, an occasional broadcaster on both radio and television and a widely published journalist who wrote columns for the Dundee Courier for many years and has a monthly column in The Scots Magazine.

The Seasons quartet is now available in one handsome hardback edition, Seasons of Storm and Wonder.

Lakeland Wild

by Jim Crumley

  • RRP: £12.99 (print) / £6.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781913393212
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781913393229

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The Lake District is one of our busiest national parks. Many people believe that wildness is long gone from the fells, lakes, tarns and becks, yet, within its boundaries, Jim Crumley sets out to prove them wrong – to find “a new way of seeing and writing about this most seen and written about of landscapes”. With a naturalist’s eye and a poet’s instinct he is drawn to Lakeland’s turned-aside places where nature still thrives, from low-lying shores to a high mountain oakwood that’s not even on the map. Through backwaters and backwoods, Crumley traces this captivating land’s place in the evolution of global conservation and pleads the case for a far-reaching reappraisal of all of Lakeland’s wildness. Cumbria Life Book of the Month June 2021

Prizes and awards

SHORTLIST: Lakeland Book of the Year

REVIEWS OF Lakeland Wild

“Pleads for a far-reaching reappraisal of the region’s wildness … with the magic of a mature poet.” Roger Butler, The Great Outdoors

“Another great book by Crumley. Being taken out of the comfort zone of his usual patch in Scotland has proved his mettle as a quality writer about the natural world … Great stuff.” Paul Cheney

“Wonderful … The language throughout is delicious. Intelligent and cultured, but not flowery or overblown. He paints vivid pictures in my mind … one feels that one is standing on the hillside with him.” Mark Avery

“Encounters with buzzards, peregrines and siskins are mesmerisingly described.” The Scots Magazine, Book of the Month

“Notions of spirit of place thread through the book … soulful but resisting the ethereal.” Cumbria Life Book of the Month, June 2021