James grew up on the edge of the New Forest and spent his teenage years exploring it. By fourteen he was building forest shelters and sleeping rough in the woods. By sixteen he was spending much of his time up in the branches. These days, he works in the treetops as an Emmy award-winning wildlife cameraman and has collaborated on many landmark BBC natural history programmes with David Attenborough such as Planet Earth and Human Planet. The Man Who Climbs Trees is his first book.