Excitement about Jim Crumley’s latest book, The Eagle's Way, continues unabated with fantastic reviews in publications such as The Great Outdoors and The Herald, along with comprehensive feature articles in Countryfile magazine, the Scotsman and the Dundee Courier. There was also an interesting interview with Jim in the John Muir Trust Journal, in connection with his appearance at the Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre in Pitlochry.
Writing in The Great Outdoors, the renowned Jim Perrin said that the book is ‘absolutely authentic’ and ‘vested with the power of heartfelt sincerity’. He continued, ‘Anyone acquainted with Jim’s writing – and I’m a huge fan – will know what to expect: the patient outdoor hours of acute observation; the well-stocked mind that’s frame of reference for his narrative; the marvellous gift, leavened by apt Scotticisms, for precise and resonant phrase-making … the total lack of posturing, the ardent interest in subject, the exceptional depth of personal knowledge and experience on offer. In terms of writing on nature and the natural environment, Crumley is quite exceptional.
In the Herald, John Lister-Kaye’s review described The Eagle’s Way as ‘tinglingly readable’ and he revels in ‘Crumley's effervescent passion for eagles, for mountains, for the snaking Tay, for the omnipresent and irrepressible nature of his native land.’
He went on to say, ‘This book will teach you much about eagles, but more than that, Crumley's distinctive voice carries you with him on his dawn forays and sunset vigils, watching the eagles stir from their pine tree roost before dawn and return there in the dusk. You begin to understand that this nature writer is so deeply engaged with nature and the nature of his eagles that he becomes absorbed by them, thinking eagle, acting eagle, becoming eagle himself. It is an intriguing lesson not just in fieldcraft, but also in human and animal psychology.’
A review by Iain MacLeod, one of the bookshop managers at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street Waterstones, will also shortly be appearing in the Sunday Mail. We’ve had a sneak preview and, although we wouldn’t want to give too much away, Iain is full of praise for the book.
Jim will be taking part in the World Book Night celebrations at Blackwell’s Edinburgh on 23 April, from 6pm. The event is ticketed, but FREE. Tickets are available from 0131 622 8218.