The Nature of Spring (Paperback)
by Jim Crumley
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A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, from the author of the Wainwright Prize-longlisted The Nature of Autumn
Spring is nature’s season of rebirth and rejuvenation. Earth’s northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, winter yields to intensifying light and warmth, and a wild, elemental beauty transforms the Highland landscape and a repertoire of islands from Colonsay to Lindisfarne.
Jim Crumley chronicles the wonder, tumult and spectacle of that transformation, but he shows too that it is no Wordsworthian idyll that unfolds. Climate chaos brings unwanted drama to the lives of badger and fox, seal and seabird and raptor, pine marten and sand martin. Jim lays bare the impact of global warming and urges us all towards a more daring conservation vision that embraces everything from the mountain treeline to a second spring for the wolf.
REVIEWS OF The Nature of Spring (Paperback)
“Enthralling and often strident.” Observer
"He could be Ali Smith’s naturalist twin.” Rosemary Goring, Scottish Review of Book
“A fantastic writer … exquisite observations of details in the landscape as well as sweeping vistas … remarkable.” Ben Hoare, BBC Countryfile
“Nature writer and poet Jim Crumley returns with a third volume of close observations [and] charts the arrival of spring, from the February song of a mistle thrush to May’s drowsy warmth. Crumley quotes Margiad Evans – ‘Write in the very now where you find yourself’ – and takes her advice to heart.” New Statesman