James Aldred is the celebrated author of The Man Who Climbs Trees (Allen Lane) and an Emmy Award winning documentary wildlife camera man and film-maker. He works with TV and production companies around the world including the BBC and National Geographic. He has collaborated with Sir David Attenborough on numerous projects including 'Life of Mammals', 'Planet Earth' and 'Our Planet' and been nominated for BAFTA/RTS awards many times. He was lucky to spend the national lockdown of Spring and Summer 2020 filming in the New Forest.
Magical and transporting. James Aldred's account of a season spent filming Britain's most powerful and mesmerising avian predator shines with the shifting complexities of weather, season, mood and place. In these dark times, it's a beautiful and deeply evocative hymn to love, hope and connection. --HELEN MACDONALD, author of H is for Hawk I was struck throughout by the power and visceral beauty of Aldred's prose. . . . There is something so meditative about nature memoirs written during, or since, lockdown. Goshawk Summer is no different; in fact, I would go as far to say that it is the most thoughtful one which I have read to date. . . A valuable addition to the canon of nature writing. --NB Magazine A vertiginous, white-knuckled adventure through some of the most spectacular forests in the world. --Washington Post on The Man Who Climbs Trees The giant trees, described by James Aldred, are full of wonder, and his fascinating book is a story of real adventure. -- Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees on The Man Who Climbs Trees Passionate and courageous, in his masterpiece of a memoir, The Man Who Climbs Trees, James Aldred reminds us that the sweet green world around us is as alive as any creature--and trees are wondrous individuals with deep truths to tell. This is a book filled with beauty, suspense and revelation. I loved it! -- Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus on The Man Who Climbs Trees James Aldred is the ideal guide to the unexplored realm hovering just over our heads--the world of the forest canopy. His writing is vivid, a feast for the senses. Even under assault by bugs and birds, Aldred remains imbued with an irresistible sense of awe for this aerial wonderland that few of us will ever see. -- Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods on The Man Who Climbs Trees