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The nation's favourite nature writer. (Sunday Telegraph)
Mr Mabey is the kind of person you wish you had with you on every country walk, identifying, explaining, deducing, drawing on deep knowledge lightly worn. (Country Life)
This book will open your eyes to the significance, wonder and exasperation felt about weeds. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. Mabey offers a diversity and richness of fact, fiction, philosophy and fun (Professor Stephen Hopper, Director, Kew Gardens)
Richard Mabey's journey through the realm of weeds is witty, learned and original. It says as much about us as these maligned plants, and is a surprising tale. His delightful book will not make weeding any easier but it will make it an intellectual activity and thus a philosophical one. The writing is stunning, the argument undeniable. Some plants and most people have a problem which will never go away. (Ronald Blythe)
A fascinating display of personal knowledge of the history of different species and their changing status in the minds of our ancestors. Excellent. (Daily Mail)
[Mabey] is the steward of a pastoral tradition in which highly personal responses to landscape are matched by expert environmental concerns; his ideas have become standard with no loss of urgency ... he deepens symbolic value by combining close attention to details with a more sweeping sense of things. In Weeds, Mabey has written a memorable hymn to the marginal. (Andrew Motion Guardian)
Mabey weaves social history, psychology, literature and art into his clear rendering of plant biology. Explanations of evolution sit alongside explorations of flower symbolism in Shakespeare. (Nature)
Told with delight in the "sheer opportunism" of weeds, and their right to do what all living things do - to grow, whenever and wherever possible. A treat. (Financial Times)
Enraptured, visionary, witty and erudite ... firmly in the Gilbert White tradition. Why, by the way, can English writers do this better than anybody else?
A fascinating read.(Telegraph)
Mabey's amble through the low-level, high-rise world of weeds is rich in lore and usefulness. As in all his work, what comes across is his abiding passion for plants and the sustenance they give both imaginatively and spiritually.
Richard Mabey writes about weeds with the confident affection of someone discussing old friends ... this [book] is as much a celebration of the vexed coupling between mankind and plantlife as it is a fine marriage between subject and author.(Bella Bathurst Observer/The Guardian)
Mabey is incapable of writing a tedious sentence and this book strays into as many byways as the seed of rosebay willow herb ... completely riveting ... he's at his best in the most unexpected areas.
His strength lies in his ability to view his subject not dispassionately, for he writes with magnificent passion, but in a way that removes us, the true interlopers as the most important characters in the plot.(Anna Pavord Gardens Illustrated)
Mabey is as well versed in the literature of weeds as in the botany, richly weaving his own observations with the words of others; Shakespeare on nettles, Ruskin on poppies, Thoreau on brambles and Will Self on 'blisterweed'.
Mabey uses weeds as a way to explore wider ideas about the natural world and how humans interact with it ... a profound and sympathetic meditation.
You'll look at weeds in a whole new way.(Sunday Times)
A lively and lyrical cultural history of plants in the wrong place by one of Britain's best and most admired nature writersSee all Product Description
Exceptional - Richard Mabey weaves the natural and cultural history together so well, and so readably. He's in a class of his own!Published 4 months ago by JimBob55
Really fascinating book, worth a read for anyone interested in naturePublished 4 months ago by Miss C H Dawson
This was a great read for anyone interested in British wildlife. Its a beautifully written account of the diverse nature through the year, by a knowledgeable and observant... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nature lover
Had to pick the flowers out from the weeds literally as I found this quite heavy going. It was quite disappointingPublished 8 months ago by Redsgang
Very interesting. All Richard Mabey books are full of information and I always keep them to dip in and out of over the years.Published 14 months ago by effinfrance