During winter, dark days of wild storms can give way to the perfect, glistening stillness of frost-encrusted winter landscapes - it is the stuff of wonder and beauty, of nature at its utmost. In The Nature of Winter, Jim Crumley ventures into our countryside to experience firsthand the chaos and the quiet solitude of nature's rest period. He bears witness to the lives of remarkable animals such as golden eagles, red deer and even whales as they battle intemperate weather and the turbulence of climate change. In the snow Jim discovers ancient footsteps that lead him to reflect on the journey of his personal nature-writing life - a journey that takes in mountain legends, dear departed friends and an enduring fascination and deep love for nature. Simply, he evokes winter in all its drama, in all its pathos, in all its glory.
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. Last year's The Nature of Autumn has been 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.