‘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, Little Toller has reissued a hardback edition of the seminal Nature Cure, originally published in 2005 to great acclaim. Richard has written a new foreword and Little Toller has commissioned a new jacket by the celebrated artist Michael Kirkman.
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.
‘Britain’s greatest living nature writer’ The Times
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