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The Company of Swans [Paperback]

Jim Crumley , Harry Brockway
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31 Oct 1997
A pair of mute swans struggle against the odds to sustain their life on a wild patch of loch. Then the hen starts to lose her eggs to predators. She builds her nest and lays her eggs, only to lose them, again and again, days before hatching. Jim Crumley is the author of "The Road and the Miles".

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press; 1st edition (31 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860464262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860464263
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully produced book 17 Feb 1999
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Wonderful illustrations by Harry Brockway, this book will be appreciated by anyone who loves wood-engravings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swans 6 Sep 2000
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Crumley's story of the three swans in Scotland will appeal to those with an interest in animals or Scotland. It is a thoughtful and moving story which really isn't about birds or Scotland, although I learned details about swans and Scotland I never knew. It is a short book and takes about 30 minutes to read but you will remember it as long as any book with a 1000 pages. A good gift for a friend or yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swans 11 April 2012
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A small, well written observation about a man who protects the souls of swans. The world would be a far different place if we all cared about it like JC does. You'll be glad you read this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful company 3 April 2013
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This slim book is one of the most quietly beautiful reads I have ever experienced. Part natural history observation of the swans of his local loch, part fable to the mystery and soul of these graceful creatures, Crumley's little book makes you feel like you are there beside him amongst the reeds and flooded waters of this lonely outpost. His recounting of the bond he formed with the abandoned pen and her subsequent death is haunting and will stay with me for a long time. A wonderful legacy of love for the natural world and a reminder of the importance to care for and consider all creatures other than ourselves.
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