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Turning the boat for home : a life writing about nature

Mabey, Richard, 1941-2019
For five decades Richard Mabey has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing. From the rediscovery of foraging that led to Food for Free, through his groundbreaking expeditions in the 'edgelands' in the 1970s, to his reflections on the musicality of bird-song, he has consistently explored new ways of thinking about nature and its relation to our lives. In Turning the Boat for Home, he introduces pieces from his rich writing life that reflect on how his ideas evolved. At the heart is a passionate belief that Earth is a commonwealth, of all species. Mabey recalls the fight against the commercial afforestation of the Scottish peatlands and recounts the experience of running a 'community woodland', one of the first in Britain. Plants, the organisms that underpin all life, have been a source of constant fascination. In his encyclopaedic Flora Britannica Mabey explored how deeply they are embedded in our popular culture.
London : Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Vintage, 2019.
xv, 272 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
pt. ONE THE SHOCK OF THE REAL -- Snowcat -- Richard Jefferies -- A Very British Nature -- Some Key Stations in Gilbert White's Life -- Ronald Blythe -- Cellmates -- Leaving Tracks -- The Library as an Ecosystem -- pt. TWO CONSIDERING THE LILIES -- Round The World in Eighty Dishes -- The New Foraging -- The Unofficial Countryside -- Plants in the Wrong Place? -- Pi -- Andy Goldsworthy -- In a Brown Shade -- The Serendipitous Garden -- pt. THREE COMMON GROUND -- The Green Language -- Kenneth Allsop -- The Commons Man -- Hidden Dips -- The Battle of the Bogs -- Oliver Rackham -- The Man who Planted Trees -- A Wood over one's Head -- Still Lives -- pt. FOUR THE NEW NATURE WRITING -- Fantasists of the Fields? -- Patrick Barkham on Butterflies -- Jay Griffiths on The Wild -- Surface Tensions -- Turning the Boat for Home -- The Glee Instinct -- An Owl for Winter.
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