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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 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 worldwhich since childhood had been a source of joy and inspiration for himbecame 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 againThis remarkable book is an account of that first year of a new life It is the story of a rite of passagefrom sickness into health, from retreat into curiosity It is about the adventure of learning to fit againHaving 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 writes about the changing seasons in prose so exact and so beautiful that every sentence delights the readerBut Nature Cure is also alarger story In finding his own niche, Richard Mabey gained insights into our human place in nature He reflects on the inherent value of all creatures; on our presumptions that mankind is superior; on the ancient morality of commonland; and above all on the role of the imaginationnot as a barrier between us and nature, but as our best way back to it This was his 'nature cure': not a passive submission to nature, but an active, sensual reengagementStructured as intricately as a novel, a joy to read, truthful, exquisite and questing, Nature Cure is a book of hope, not just for individuals, but for our species Nature Cure


About the Author: Richard Mabey

Richard Mabey is one of England's greatest nature writers He is author of some thirty books including Nature Cure which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards.A regular commentator on the radio and in the national press, he is also a Director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice President of the Open Spaces Society He lives in Norfolk.



10 thoughts on “Nature Cure

  1. says:

    Not immediately, but slowly, the book settled in and helped me find a gentler rhythm. From tentative strolls in the park to the remote hills and wind which blew my blues away, this book helped me too find new delight in a world turned grey for too long.


  2. says:

    I recently started leading a series of birdwatching walks for City of Edinburgh Council's Outlook Project, which works with adults with mental health problems. I felt that Richard Mabey's Nature Cure would be a great book to read alongside these walks, dealing as it does with the author's recovery from depression and his reaquaintance with the natural world.

    When Mabey became depressed, he was already a w


  3. says:

    A book which certainly helped me with my depressions, and Mr Mabey was kind enough to write back to me a couple of times, which was splendid of him!


  4. says:

    And then, in late May, after all the false starts and unfulfilled days, summer opened as if it had simply been waiting for the right moment. And not just any old summer, but what was to become a season of burnished colour and intoxicating smells that banished elegies for days “like they used to be” and burnt itself into Eastern England’s collective memory. By a stroke of luck, I was up at dawn on the


  5. says:

    Writing in The Guardian, Jonathan Bate says:

    Nature Cure is several books in one: an honest memoir of the experience of mental illness, a gentle but firm manifesto for a greener way of life, a compendium of delicate observation and curious nature lore.

    It is also, as he points out, a “love song” to John Clare, much admired by Richard Mabey. Mabey calls his opening chapter “The Flitting” which is


  6. says:

    Read for Literature and Environment.
    Reading Mabey's NATURE CURE in parallel to Macdonald's H IS FOR HAWK provided two interesting perspectives for the ways in which people, specifically writers, in hard times turn to nature and the ways in which they associate with it. I'm not sure if I will use this as a primary text (I'm yet to read Mark Cocker's CROW'S COUNTRY) but I definitely will use it in some way in my essay.


  7. says:

    Can nature heal a damaged spirit? Mabey's story suggests that it can. But what a long, wordy journey it was.


  8. says:

    Really enjoyed this honest and uplifting book about the ascent out of clinical depression by the author Richard Mabey. Flora Britannica (Mabey's detailed homage to the flora of the British Isles) has a forever place on my bookshelves. It was soon after it's completion and publication that he suffered from the crushing depression that this book considers. It is less about the illness itself but more about the way that nature, and his


  9. says:

    As everyone knows, it’s a lovely gentle discourse on rediscovering a love for nature while recovering from (and as part of recovering from) depression. The knowledge of the author is incredible, as is his deep love for the subject and (ironically?) for life in general. Truly inspiring. I wanted to head out into the woods and waterways the whole time I was reading it.


  10. says:

    Surprised, as I thought I'd like this more, given I've liked Mabey's other works. This just seemed a tad too self-indulgent at times and went off on a few too many tangents.


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