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The Oxford Book of Nature Writing [Hardcover]

Richard Mabey


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2 Mar 1995
This anthology of nature writing from Europe and America covers 2000 years from the imaginative Medieval bestiaries to the scientific precision of modern writers. It includes the work of amateur and professional natural historians and culminates in modern concern for the environment and ecological issues. This book is intended for anyone interested in natural history, in nature writing, animals and plants, ecologists and conservationists.


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Richard Mabey is a naturalist and award-winning author and journalist. He won wide acclaim on the publication of the original Food for Free in 1972 - which has never been out of print since - and again with the publication of the colour edition in 1989. Among his many other acclaimed publications are Gilbert White (Whitbread Biography of the Year) and the ground-breaking bestseller Flora Britannica, which won the British Book Awards' Illustrated Book of the Year and the Botanical Society of the British Isles' President's Award and was runner-up for the BP Natural World Book Prize. He collaborated with Mark Cocker on Birds Britannica, and his book Nature Cure, described as 'a brilliant, candid and heartfelt memoir', was shortlisted for four prestigious prizes: the Whitbread Biography, the J.R. Ackerley for autobiography, Mind (for its investigation into depression) and the Ondaatje for the evocation of the spirit of place. He is an active member of national and local conservation groups and lives in Norfolk.

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"An ideal companion for a solitary holiday afternoon.... A varied and oddly cheering selection."--Focus"Richard Mabey has combed several libraries to come up with a selection that guarantees surprises....To single out familiar items is to miss the great pleasure of this collection, which is the delight of previously unknown pieces."--New Scientist"Mabey's rich anthology is a long record of how homo (misnamed) sapiens has wriggled its way past this continuing and abominable invitation to keep fascism alive. Mabey quite often makes me feel an ignoramus."--John Fowles, Sunday Times"It's a jolly jaunt, in the company of a guide who wears his erudition lightly. This entertaining book, like all decent anthologies, can be as well dipped into at random as read from cover to cover."--Times Literary Supplement"Mabey has insisted on including a proper ration of botany, revealing in the process the very wide range that constitutes one of his special strengths. In his choice of extracts, too, he reveals himself as laudably catholic. The range of possibilities is enormous, but Mabey has passed over impressively few of the favorite authors that more immediately come to mind."--David E. Allen, Nature

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About the Editor: Richard Mabey is a popular writer, reviewer, and broadcaster on natural history. A past president of the London Wildlife Trust and Director of Common Ground since 1988, he reviews regularly for The Independent, The Times (London), and BBC Wildlife.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better... 19 Nov 2003
By Jessica Perkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While the samples included in the book are excellent and represent the best of nature writing, the format of the book is less than stellar. The essays are presented in large chapters one after another with no introduction and no context. The title and author of the essay is only given at the END of the essay, which is needless to say rather annoying. In addition to this, unlike other oxford books of .... this volume does not give background information about authors, their times, why they wrote, etc.... which I find to be one of the most valuable aspect of an anthology.
In short, it is good, but not great. I wouldn't recommend it unless you don't care about context and only want random nature writings.
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