ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: May 7, 2020
The Nature of Summer
By (author) Jim Crumley
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.
Jim Crumley is an ardent 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 Autumn was a finalist for two prestigious literary prizes, and The Nature of Winter was hugely popular with critics and the public. Jim’s 2014 book, The Eagle’s Way, was shortlisted for a Saltire Society award, and his Encounters in the Wild series of beautiful gift books – which sees Jim get up close and personal with Britain’s favourite animals – has found him many new readers.