25 years of personal reflections on nature
Inspiring reflections on nature, from 'Britain's greatest living nature writer'
Described as ‘Britain’s greatest living nature writer’, Richard Mabey has revealed his passion for the natural world in eloquent stories for BBC Wildlife Magazine. This definitive collection brings together his favourite pieces and presents a fascinating and inspiring view of the changing natural landscape in which we live.
With marvellously observed detail, Mabey recalls following a barn owl he’d encountered while walking near his home in Norfolk, and talks of studying lichens through the lens of a Victorian microscope. Alongside tales of ants and hornets, swifts and pink-footed geese, we read about the hustle and bustle of his village in the heat of the summer, and his musings on the significance of Constable’s The Cornfield. Mabey’s fascination lies in the way that we live and work within the nature that surrounds us.
“Getting hold of Brush With Nature in early March was like being given an unseasonable spell of warm weather in which everything in the natural world suddenly bursts into life ... Each [essay] feels like an outing, a trip with a supremely knowledgeable yet unpompous guide to somewhere new and fascinating.”
Michael McCarthy, The Independent
“A golden evocation of flora and fauna, places, people and perspectives.”
Susan Hill, The Lady
“Mabey's head is filled with the sights and sounds of exploration but also with the background hum of politics, science, poetry and prose, social history and the experiences of other amateur and professional ramblers. In these essays, Mabey is generous and inclusive, the mark of a rounded writer and man.”