Nature Cure Paperback – 19 Jun 2008
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"A brilliant, candid and heartfelt memoir...The account of how he broke free of depression, reshaped his life and reconnected with the wild becomes nothing short of a manifesto for living...Mabey's particular vision, informed by a lifetime's reading and observation, is ultimately optimistic. It is also what makes his voice so appealing amid all the froth and flam of the eco-debate" (Philip Marsden Sunday Times)
"A book of which only he could have written a single page...marvellously observed, deeply felt from sentence to sentence. The writing is exquisite" (David Sexton, Evening Standard)
"Subtle, devotional, poetic" (Observer)
"Rich, invigorating and deeply restorative" (Irish Times)
"Nature Cure moves between the nervous breakdown of an individual and the madness of the modern world with a prescience akin to that of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land" (Jonathan Bate Guardian)
"Mabey is a radical, inheritor of an old English tradition...The core of the book is his exploration of his new landscape. It feels a privilege to share it, watching him unpick the layers of watery Norfolk, with dazzling skill and the warmest of hearts, as his troubled mind heals" (Michael McCarthy Independent)
"Written in the radiant, tingle-making prose that has earned Mabey literary prizes and a multitude of fans... both a wake-up call and an example of how the love of nature can electrify and heal the imagination." (Val Hennessy Daily Mail)
"An inspiring book" (Nicholas Bagnall Sunday Telegraph)
"Britain's greatest living nature writer" (The Times)
'Britain's greatest living nature writer' (The Times) describes how he conquered clinical depression through his re-awakened love of nature.See all Product Description
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It is very readable and one of the most thought provoking books I've read for a long time. I am carrying around a wealth of new information, which I find myself retrieving and considering throughout the day. Mabey has a deep and comprehensive affinity with the countryside and ecology and writes quite beautifully. I will be re-reading this very soon.
He is part of my interwoven trio of rural writers that I recommend frequently and enthusiastically - the other two being Ronald Blythe and Roger Deakin.
I learnt much from the author's thought-provoking meditations on nature and even more about what it is to be human. Thank you Richard Mabey!
However I was first introduced to Nature Cure through Mabey's column in BBC Wildlife of the same name, and found it to be not only pessimistic but also somewhat dismissive of efforts to aid the natural world. So upon embarking on the book I was prepared for much more of the same, and I wasn't disappointed.
From the word go Mabey seems intent on reminding us of what we have lost rather than what we still have and what it can do for us. Although he describes swift sightings and deer encounters with heart-warming enthusiasm, it is always followed by a lengthy account of how out of tune we have become with nature, or a depressing metaphor for mankind's fall from grace!
Even the title is somewhat misleading. I expected the theme of Nature Cure to be a description of how the power of the natural world helped Mabey overcome depression. However it begins with Mabey already recovered, with barely a glimpse back into his life before recovery. As such the book meanders its way through what can only be described as a rather uneventful 'recuperation' period. Mabey's talent for describing natural events kept me interested enough to see it through to the end but it did become a chore and left me far from inspired.
There are some people who will find the book wonderful. There are beautiful descriptions and evocative thoughts which will make the more romantic nature lover's day.Read more ›
His recovery, helped by friends and the lovely Polly is a pleasure to read. The colour and pleasure of a life that he had thought lost slowly reappear and through it all there is the wonder and beauty of nature.
Mabey had lived for most of his life in one house in the Chiltern Hills, he owned a wood there and, as much of his other work suggests, the place was central to who he was. Depression robbed him of that connection and in the end he was needed to leave. He needed to reconnect with a place and he needed to reconnect with the person he was. In the end he suceeds.
Anybody who has lost touch with a place they love, or has struggled with depression will recognize the things described in this book. However, this is not just a book for migrants or the depressed, far from it. It is full of simple stories that put place and self at the centre of things - and in these days of increasing stress and social isolation these are no bad stories to hear. We often define ourselves through our relationships with place and space and struggle when these are stripped of meaning.
Mabey writes "I don't think that love of one's own place that bears no hostility to others is a bad emotion", but I think it may have taken him a while to reach this conclusion.
This is a fascinating and honest account of a person trapped in the quick sand of depression,change and doubt, and finally emerging on to the firm ground of connection. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought, given the review and the blurb, that this would be an enlightening view of how nature facilitates recovery. It isn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vimesy
What a moving journey reading alongside Richard Mabey's story of a period of his life…events
in it and the emotions alongside them so gently and accurately captured…a... Read more
Richard Mabey writes a brilliant book about his journey back to himself through a reconnection with nature, I loved this.Published 11 months ago by SpiraGrafik
Very thoughtful read. I would recommend on literary merit and insight into our relationship with nature - not as expected.Published 15 months ago by John
An uplifting account of a challenging time in the author's life, in which he reconnects with himself through the natural world.
Read in bite sized chunks.
Every bookcase should have a copy. Life cannot be viewed the same way after reading. An eye and mind opener. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Linda M beresford
An egotistical and self-opinionated book, yet it still gave moments of insight and pleasure. On the whole I enjoyed it.Published 22 months ago by Reginald Blundell
Beautifully written with so much knowledge about English flora and fauna, made me feel really stupid at times not being able to identify all these birds and trees and bushes and... Read morePublished on 26 May 2014 by Kindle Customer
We had it for years but our daughter took it with her when she married. So we had to buy it again !Published on 13 April 2014 by O. Roucoux
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