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Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
  

Nature Cure

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Short listed for the Whitbread Biography Award. Richard Mabey's Wonderfully observed account of how the natural world helped him recover from clinical depression.

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Nature Cure by Richard Mabey

Richard Mabey's descent into clinical depression was so annihilating that he could neither work nor play, nor sustain relationships with family or friends. He was drinking too much - and, worst of all, had lost all pleasure in the outside world. This remarkable book charts his gradual return to joyfulness. Richard Mabey had lived his whole life in the Chilterns. As a boy, he had tramped over the hills, bird-watching and botanizing. As a man, he purchased a large wood, which he studied in detail over a number of years. He drew on the experience of the Chilterns in all his writings. When depression dragged him under, he felt as if all this was lost, denied, destroyed. In Nature Cure he describes how he found the courage to change his habitat - from hills and chalk to watery fens and flat open spaces. He moved to Norfolk. He fell in love. Slowly, he started once more to look about him. Drawing always on the metaphors and myths of nature - the migration of birds, the magic of the changing seasons - he shows how the British countryside increased his understanding of what really matters and restored his sense of delight.

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Mabey is a radical, inheritor of an old English tradition…The core of the book is his exploration of his new landscape. It feels a privilege to share it, watching him unpick the layers of watery Norfolk, with dazzling skill and the warmest of hearts, as his troubled mind heals. Michael McCarthy Independent

Written in the radiant, tingle-making prose that has earned Mabey literary prizes and a multitude of fans… both a wake-up call and an example of how the love of nature can electrify and heal the imagination. Val Hennessy Daily Mail

About the Author

Richard Mabey

Richard Mabey is the author of the bestselling, award-winning and ground-breaking FLORA BRITANNICA (which sold nearly 90,000 at -35), as well as many highly praised books about nature and the environment, including FOOD FOR FREE and THE UNOFFICIAL COUNTRYSIDE. His book about Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography of the Year.

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Publication date

3rd February 2005

Author

Richard Mabey

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richardmabey.co.uk/

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9780701176013

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