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Bear Witness
Bear Witness

Bear Witness


264 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: April 2013

ISBN 9781908643292

Rights: US & CA

Saraband (Apr 2013)

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The brutal shooting of a bear cub galvanizes ecologist Callis MacArthur into becoming an activist. Dreaming of bears roaming free—even in Scotland, 1,000 years after their disappearance—she finds herself exploring Europe's remotest forests and meeting colorful characters who are as passionate about nature as she is. But as she begins to embrace her wild side, she faces escalating challenges: she must risk her career and endure agonizing personal losses to avoid being swept up in events and emotions beyond her control. Combining lyrical prose, mythical themes, romance, and a fantastic plot, Bear Witness is a page-turner with a heart and mind.


"Bear Witness is a moving, intelligent and quietly passionate novel, by a clearly good-hearted author." —A.L. Kennedy, author, The Blue Book

"The writing is both lyrical and tight." —Scotsman

"The prose is lyrical and poetic when let loose in the wild. [Haggith] balances these moments of quiet with the pace of a romantic thriller." —The Skinny

"Passionate and subversive, written with a poet's touch." —Jason Donald, author, Choke Chain

"A 'what-if?' with an emotional heart." —Linda Cracknell, author, Doubling Back

"There have been moments throughout the history of nature writing when a writer slips through the electrified fences that keep nature and society apart, and liberates not just a biological truth but also a self-fulfilling prophecy. Mandy Haggith's daring and at times beautifully worked novel is one such moment. This IS what will happen. Read and learn." —Jim Crumley, author, The Last Wolf

"A passionate and authoritative novel. Haggith's evocation of landscape and wildlife is lyrical and vivid, written with a poet's eye for detail. Her characters convince and entertain. This ambitious, visionary novel belongs to no single genre but encompasses romance, drama, comedy and literary fiction. Bear Witness is a big-hearted book and deserves to find a wide readership. It will make a significant contribution to the debate about the future of Scotland's wilderness." —Linda Gillard, author, Star Gazing

"Outstanding originality and quality."  —Alan Riach, Professor, Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow

Author Biography

Mandy Haggith is an environmental campaigner and former academic whose writing career has embraced poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her novel The Last Bear won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award in 2009. She is also the author of two collections of poetry, Castings and letting light in.