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This review is from: The Unofficial Countryside (Paperback)
This is a re-issue of one of Richard Mabey's early books and is well worth re-visiting. As he states in his new foreword, he has deliberately not updated the text as this is a document of how London and environs was in the early seventies, still with some bomb sites and dirty polluted streams and canals. And it sounds almost idyllic in a way, as Mabey shows us that there is beauty and interest in even the most unlikely places. It might be worth him writing a modern follow up to be honest because some of what he sees as interesting back then, grey squirrels and urban foxes for example, are now seen as pests as they have prospered in the intervening years. There have also been many developments in environmental care where the differences may be worth noting.
So well worth a read then, especially if you look for parallels or differences with today.
There are some decent enough black and white arty prints but I would have liked to see some more illustrations, which would be my only criticism.