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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 otter. 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.

“There is a new pattern on the sea, just offshore. At the head of it is the blunt thrust of an otter muzzle from which a vee-shaped wedge spills quietly… A big dog otter frequents this shore. I have seen him often. A ginger muffler about his neck and jowls tempers his sleek and powerful profile with a clown’s face. But then any adult otter is a captivating cocktail of missile and clown. I don’t know if this is the same animal; I can’t tell in this light. But he is fishing, and he may be coming my way. Then he vanishes.”


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

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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

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

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