Book review: ‘Nature Cure’ by Richard Mabey

Nature writer recovers from depression by reconnecting with nature.

Nature Cure

I first read Nature Cure in 2006. It was one of the books that first got me hooked on ‘nature writing’.

The book describes Mabey’s slow recovery from a major bout of depression. Things are so bad at the start that he is forced to move from his life-long home in the Chilterns. He moves to East Anglia, first staying with various close friends, then house-sitting for another friend. As the months pass by, he gradually begins to recover by reconnecting with nature.

A strangely haunting book. Highly recommended.

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By Richard Carter

Richard Carter is a writer and photo­grapher living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Website · Facebook · Twitter · Newsletter · Book

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