Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
‘Mabey’s memoir on his recovery from crippling depression through a rediscovery of his love for nature is quite remarkable both for its honesty and its total lack of ego. He has much to say on Man’s relationship with nature and the prose is both warm and fiercely intelligent.’ The Judges, Whitbread Book Awards, 2005.
At the height of his career, having recently published Flora Britannica, the author and naturalist fell in to a deep and all consuming depression. Unable to rise from his bed, his face turned to the wall, Richard Mabey found that the touchstones of his life – his love for nature and the land – could no longer offer him solace. But over time, with help from friends and a move to East Anglia, he slowly recovered, finding a new partner, and a new relationship with landscape.
Nature Cure, full of nuance and energy, was a pioneering book in the genre that has since become known as New Nature Writing, and received many plaudits on publication. Originally published in 2005 to great acclaim, this special, hardback edition with a new foreword by the author celebrates Richard Mabey’s place as our foremost nature writer.
Richard Mabey is the prize-winning author of over thirty books, including Food for Free, Flora Brittanica, Home Country, Nature Cure Gilbert White and The Unofficial Countryside. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Norfolk.