Richard Mabey's descent into clinical depression was so annihilating that he could neither work nor play, nor sustain relationships with family or friends. He was drinking too much and, worst of all, had lost all pleasure in the outside world. This remarkable book charts his gradual return to joyfulness. Richard Mabey had lived his whole life in the Chilterns. As a boy, he had tramped over the hills, bird-watching and botanizing. As a man, he purchased a large wood, which he studied in detail over a number of years. He drew on the experience of the Chilterns in all his writings. When depression dragged him under, he felt as if all this was lost, denied, destroyed. InNature Curehe describes how he found the courage to change his habitat from hills and chalk to watery fens and flat open spaces. He moved to Norfolk. He fell in love. Slowly, he started once more to look about him. Drawing always on the metaphors and myths of nature the migration of birds, the magic of the changing seasons he shows how the British countryside increased his understanding of what really matters and restored his sense of delight.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing
Rather too tedious and introspective for my taste. As usual with Mabey, the insight into natural history was sharp and informative, but I found that there was too much wallowing and self-introspection, and kept wanting to give him a damn good shake! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eas - LibraryThing
Sadly not for me. Love Richard Mabey and his philosophy but could not get on with the airy-fairy content, and particularly with Richard's take on depression. Got a little way through and had to give ... Read full review