The Peregrine The Hill of Summer and Diaries Natural History JA Baker; Intro. Mark Cocker Collins 2010 Hardback 416 pages 0007348622 | 9780007348626 | Product code: 91177 Now recognized as one of the most important British nature writers of the last century, John Alec Baker (1926-1987) published just two books: The Peregrine, acclaimed as a masterpiece as soon as it appeared in 1967, and The Hill of Summer (1969). Both works have a narrow geographical focus, from the eastern edge of Chelmsford to the Blackwater Estuary in Essex - 'a land to me as profuse and glorious as Africa' (Baker). This edition also includes his nature diaries for the years 1954-63, edited by John Fanshawe. No jacket.