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.
“…wonderfully droll, witty and entertaining… At their best Carter’s moorland walks and his meandering intellectual talk are part of a single, deeply coherent enterprise: a restless inquiry into the meaning of place and the nature of self.”
—Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
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