Nature cure by richard mabey 244pp chatto windus 1599 from ancient greece rome and china to the present there has been a persistent belief in the restorative power of nature. Richard mabey is a fine nature writer and i love his musing reflective sensitive style the way he takes note of all the little details in the landscape in his surroundings the way he creates meaning and significance from the seemingly haphazard signs that nature throws on his path. Nature cure describes well known naturalist and author richard mabeys recovery from a severe depression we find him at the start of the book in bed blankly gazing at the wall. Nature cure mabeys memoir of his recovery from a crippling depression through to his rediscovery of his love of nature is quite remarkable both for its honesty and its total lack of ego he has much to say on mans relationship with nature and his prose is both warm and fiercely intelligent. Richard mabey is a prize winning writer and botanist described by the times as britains greatest living nature writer brought up in the chilterns he now lives in norfolk where he and his partner polly have created from scratch a vegetable garden a mediterranean garden a pond garden and a wild garden with fields and hedgerows
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