The Eagle's Way, the splendid book by Jim Crumley that explores in depth the golden and white-tailed eagles of Scotland, has been shortlisted for this year's Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award. It is competing against five other titles for the coveted award, the winner of which will be announced at a special ceremony on 11th November.
The winner of the Research category will go on to compete for the overall Scottish Book of the Year prize. Widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards are organised by the Saltire Society, a non-political independent charity founded in 1936 which has membership branches throughout Scotland.
The Eagle's Way is a fine volume of nature writing rather than an academic presentation, and is the result of several years of painstaking and highly specialist field and historical research, informed by Jim's thirty-year career of studying, observing and writing about nature and the nation’s wildlife and wilderness environments.
Since its release in March of this year, The Eagle's Way has won universal praise from critics. Sir John Lister-Kaye wrote that Crumley "pursued [eagles] with binoculars every day, plotting their movements, identifying individuals, learning their ways … It is an intriguing lesson not just in fieldcraft, but also in human and animal psychology."
Jim Perrin admired his "patient outdoor hours of acute observation; the well-stocked mind that is the frame of reference for his narrative … the exceptional depth of personal knowledge and experience." For naturalist Paul Evan, the book "represents half a lifetime of watching and thinking about eagles, waiting in his glen, becoming a mobile fragment of the chosen landscape of eagle after eagle".