Turning the Boat For Home

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.

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'One of our greatest nature writers' Guardian

For over fifty years, Richard Mabey has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing. This book collects pieces across his rich career, tracing his continually evolving ideas as much as the profound changes in our environment. From the rediscovery of food foraging in the 1970s, to reflections on the musicality of birdsong, these essays show Mabey's passionate belief that our planet is a commonwealth for all species, and that our reconnection with the living world is more vital than ever.

'Richard Mabey is among the best writers at work in Britain' Tim Dee

'Poised where nature meets culture, [Mabey] is knowledgeable, politically savvy and wry, and an excellent naturalist' New Statesman

Additional information

Weight 232 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 18 mm
Author

Mabey, Richard

Publisher

Vintage

Imprint

Vintage

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xv, 272

Language

English

Edition

0

Dewey

508.092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K