Richard Mabey is a full time writer. He has written over thirty books, including Weeds: How Vagabond Plant Gatecrashed Civilisation, Whistling in the Dark: In Pursuit of the Nightingale, and Flora Britannica. His recent memoir Nature Cure (2005), which describes how reconnecting with the wild helped him break free from debilitating depression, was short-listed for three major literary awards, the Whitbread, Ondaatje, and J.R. Ackerley prizes. He writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and Granta, as well as Slightly Foxed, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He has written a personal column in BBC Wildlife magazine since 1986.