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The Nature of Spring


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Spring marks the genesis of nature’s year. As Earth’s northern hemisphere tilts ever more towards the life-giving sun, the icy, dark days of winter gradually yield to the new season’s intensifying light and warmth. Nature responds…

For our flora and fauna, for the very land itself, this is the time of rebirth and rejuvenation – although, as Jim Crumley attests, spring in the Northlands is no Wordsworthian idyll. Climate chaos and its attendant unpredictable weather brings high drama to the lives of the animals he observes – the badgers, seals and foxes, the seabirds and the raptors.

But there is also a wild, elemental beauty to the highlands and islands, a sense of nature in animation during this, the most transformative of seasons. Jim chronicles it all: the wonder, the tumult, the spectacle of spring.

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"Enthralling and often strident." Observer

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The Nature of Spring

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 Spring is the third in Jim’s ‘Seasons’ series of books. It was preceded by The Nature of Winter and The Nature of Autumn, which was longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017 and was for the 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.

Praise for The Nature of Autumn:

“A delightful meditation.” – Stephen Moss, Books of the Year, Guardian

“Nature writing is like trying to catch birds with cobwebs. Crumley’s just has a higher tensile strength than most.” Herald

“Breathtaking… This nature book is a delight…words that freshen and sparkle the everyday world and sprinkle warmth and colour into the heart of it.” Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife

“Enchanting.” Sara Maitland

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

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


Praise for The Nature of Winter:

“This book is all luminous moments, small delights and bright meditations drawn from the northern cold… there is deeply indigenous wisdom here… Crumley invites us to linger a while and witness frosty gifts made vivid by the warmth of his conversation.” Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife Magazine

“Connoisseurs of nature and good writing will be enthralled by his first-person wildlife encounters. His accounts…are written with dazzling clarity, lyrical tilt and a story-teller’s skill.” Julie Brominicks, BBC Countryfile Magazine, Book of the Month

“Inviting and informative…Crumley has earned himself the enviable position of our foremost nature commentator…Meditative…bewitching…outspoken…persuasive…a true winter’s tale.” Rosemary Goring, Herald