Gilbert White – Richard Mabey Library

‘An excellent evocation of Gilbert White that deserves a place beside the original work. ‘ Alan Sillitoe

Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne is one of the most published books in the English language. Yet for centuries little was known about the minor clergyman who earned £20 a year and rarely ventured outside his Hampshire parish. But in 1986 Richard Mabey published this detailed portrait of Gilbert White which went on to win the Whitbread Biography Award.

This special  hardback edition, with a new foreword by the author celebrates the enduring relevance of Richard Mabey’s writing.

£18, published 22 November 2021.



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Richard Mabey is the prize-winning author of over thirty books, including Food for Free, Flora Brittanica, Home Country, Nature Cure Gilbert White and Beechcombings. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Norfolk.

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Weight500 g
Dimensions160 × 20 × 222 mm


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