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PUBLICATION DATE: June 10, 2021
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By (author) Jim Crumley
The Lake District may be one of our busiest national parks and contested landscapes, yet within its boundaries, it’s still possible to escape the crowds and find habitats and wildlife relatively undisturbed by our ever-encroaching presence. In Lakeland Wild, Jim Crumley seeks out these hidden places and waits, still, alert, noting his impressions as he turns his long-experienced nature-writer’s eye to these surroundings. The result is an intimate account of peregrines, eagles, swans, swallows and the wrens that shelter in the crevices of ancient stone walls. He writes of badgers and otters, of foxes prowling between stands of oak, rowan, yew, hawthorn and larch. He finds himself in Ullswater, at Angle Tarn, High Rigg and Brother’s Water, following in the footsteps of the Romantics. Seeing how human activity has shaped and often scarred the Cumbrian fells and lakes, he nevertheless finds much that is beautiful, and he celebrates it in his most sublime writing yet.
Reviews of Lakeland Wild
Praise for Previous work: Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize for nature writing: SHORTLISTED; Saltire Society award: SHORTLISTED "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; "Enthralling and often strident." Observer
Jim Crumley is an ardent advocate for our landscapes and animals, and the reintroduction of species like sea eagles, beavers and wolves. He is a nature writer, journalist and poet with decades of field observation and some 30 books to his name. He has won and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards. The sheer beauty of his description – in, for example, the Encounters in the Wild series of gift books which describe close and personal moments observing Britain’s favourite animals – has found him many dedicated readers.