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The Nature of Summer

Nature Writing
By: Jim Crumley(Author)
250 pages, no illustrations
The Nature of Summer
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  • The Nature of Summer ISBN: 9781913393113 Paperback May 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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In the endless light of summer days, and the magical gloaming of the wee small hours, nature in Jim's beloved Highlands, Perthshire and Trossachs heartlands is burgeoning freely, as though there is one long midsummer's eve, nothing reserved.

For our flora and fauna, for the very land itself, this is the time of extravagant growth, flowering and the promise of fruit and the harvest to come. But despite the abundance, as Jim Crumley attests, summer in the Northlands is no Wordsworthian idyll. Climate chaos and its attendant unpredictable weather brings high drama to the lives of the animals and birds he observes.

There is also a wild, elemental beauty to the land, mountains, lochs, coasts and skies, a sense of nature at its very apex during this, the most beautiful and lush of seasons. Jim chronicles it all: the wonder, the tumult, the spectacle of summer.

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Nature Writing
By: Jim Crumley(Author)
250 pages, no illustrations
Media reviews

– Longlisted for The Highland Book Prize 2020

"[A] beautiful book [an] exceptional and intense quality of observation glows from every page. He finds astonishing beauty in the landscape, and sheer wonder in his encounters. Nothing can diminish the sharpness of his eye, the ardour of his writing, and the pure wonder at the natural world that shapes every paragraph. A wisdom that we need now, more than ever before."
– Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"This is a work of pure escapism as the throb of spring gives way to the reflective calm of our warmest months. Crumley's writing effortlessly captures the majesty of a golden eagle eyrie, the magic of beavers returning to their old habitats, and the joy that arrives with a flock of whooper swans overhead The perfect finale to this evocative seasonal collection"
– Tiffany Francis-Baker, BBC Wildlife Magazine

"A mesmerising blend of observation and in-depth knowledge about our wild landscapes every bit as compelling and thought-provoking as its predecessors [...] no better book to lose yourself in."

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