Prologue: The White Bird Passes Through; One: White Walls Weeping; Two: Whatever Happened to Bleak Midwinter?; Three: Sweet Medwin Water; Four: The Well-being of Mountain People Is My Purpose; Five: A Diary of Early Winter; Six: Whale Watch (1): The; Narwhal in the Sky; Seven: Solstice; Eight: Wolf Moon; Nine: Hark the Herald Eagle; Ten: Whale Watch (2): The Humpback's Back; Eleven: Jay Is for Crow; Twelve: A Diary of Late Winter Thirteen: Insh Marshes: A Waterworld with No Half Measures; Fourteen: I Went Out to the Hazel Wood; Acknowledgements
"Scotland's foremost living nature writer" The Courier. Jim Crumley has written forty books, mostly on the wildlife and wild landscape of his native Scotland, the impact of human activity on the natural world, species reintroduction, and climate change. His work has been shortlisted for prestigious awards such as the Wainwright Prize and the Saltire Society Literary Awards. Jim is a widely published journalist and has a monthly column in The Scots Magazine, as well as being a poet and occasional broadcaster on both radio and television.
"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." BBC Countryfile Magazine, Book of the Month; "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; "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; "A very timely piece; it is a book full of passion and love for [the] natural world ... It celebrates nature... in all its glory." Sean Barrs, Disclaimer Magazine