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When Gilbert White (1720-93) wrote The Natural History of Selbourne, he created one of the greatest and most influential natural history works of all times, his detailed observations providing the cornerstones to modern ecology.
“Enthralling…an excellent evocation of White and his times which certainly deserves a place beside the original work.” —Sunday Times.
“Mabey is one of the most vivid ecological writers of our time, and hestill has a sense of wonder and delight.” —Spectator.
“His evocation of the landscape is brilliant. We seem jogging down those deeply rutted lanes behind the parson looking over his shoulder.” —Times Educational Supplement.
In the last year of the old millennium, Richard Mabey, Britain’s foremost nature writer, fell into a severe depression. For two years,he did little more than lie in bed with his face to a wall. He could neither work nor play. His money ran out. Worst of all, the natural world—which since childhood had been a source of joy and inspiration for him—became meaningless. Then, cared for by friends, he gradually recovered. He fell in love. Out of necessity as much as choice he moved to East Anglia. And he started to write again.
This remarkable book is an account of that first year of a new life. It is the story of a rite of passage—from sickness into health, from retreat into curiosity. It is about the adventure of learning to fit again. Having left the cosseting woods of the Chiltern hills for the open flatlands of Norfolk, Richard Mabey finds exhilaration in discovering a whole new landscape. He…[more]