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.
To celebrate Richard Mabey’s 80th birthday and to tie in with a new broadcast of the book as Radio 4 Book of the Week from 5th July 2021 read by the author, Little Toller is delighted to announce the first of several collectable hardback editions of the writer’s books, the seminal Nature Cure, originally published in 2005 to great acclaim.
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.
New foreword by the author.
Jacket by Michael Kirkman.
Published 5th July 2021.
Richard Mabey is Britain’s most influential writer on natural history, and has been a pioneer of environmental thinking for over 50 years. He has written over 30 ground-breaking and popular books, including Food for Free, The Unofficial Countryside, Gilbert White (which won the Whitbread Biography Award), Flora Britannica, Beechcombings, Cabaret of Plants and his best-selling memoir Nature Cure, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and J. R. Ackerley. He lives in Norfolk.
Author photo by Elizabeth Orcutt