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Nature of Autumn

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £7.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 252 pages
  • Dimensions (mm): 198 x 129
  • ISBN: 9781912235162
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781910192474
  • Genres: Nature, Nature Writing
  • Book tags: nature
  • Publication date: August 23, 2018


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Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017

In autumn nature stages some of its most enchantingly beautiful displays; yet it’s also a period for reflection, melancholy even, as the days shorten and winter’s chill approaches.

Taking in September to November, Jim Crumley tells the story of how unfolding autumn affects the wildlife of his beloved land – from the windswept Western Isles and the unforgiving Cairngorm plateau to the gentler, graceful landscapes of Loch Lomond and Stirling. Along the way, Jim experiences the deer rut, finds phenomenal redwood trees in the most unexpected of places, and contemplates climate change, the death of his father, and his own love of nature; thus painting an intimate – and deeply personal – portrait of a moody and majestic British autumn.

Prizes and awards

SHORTLISTED, The Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize 2017
LONGLISTED, Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017

REVIEWS OF Nature of Autumn

"A delightful meditation." The Guardian

"A cornucopia of autumnal delight." The Scots Magazine

"A love song to 'earth’s reviver and replenisher'." Dundee Courier

"Breathtaking…this magical pilgrimage visits enchanting and hidden places…with characteristic moments of close observation, immersion and poetry Crumley witnesses the melancholic textures and haunting transformations of this most beautiful season. This nature book is a delight." Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife

"Crumley always manages to combine an extraordinary depth of…knowledge with vivid warm writing and a clear love of what he is writing about.…çrumley is one of an endangered species – the real naturalists. Enchanting." Sara Maitland, BBC Countryfile

"Nature writing [with] a higher tensile strength than most." The Herald

Trade information

  • Rights: UK and Commonwealth
  • BIC code(s): WN
  • BISAC code(s): NAT000000

Nature of Autumn

About the author

Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley is a passionate advocate for Britain’s landscape and animals, as well as the reintroduction of species such as sea eagles, beavers and wolves. He is a nature writer, journalist and poet with some 30 books to his name.

The Nature of Autumn has been longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017 and was shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize. 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.

The paperback edition of The Nature of Winter will be published in September 2018.


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

“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