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Cornflower

I'm reading Nature Cure at the moment and enjoying it very much, but it did cross my mind - during a particularly 'local' passage last night - that readers unfamiliar with the British landscape, and specifically that of East Anglia where Richard Mabey lives, might be at a slight disadvantage! That said, there is a great deal of general interest and relevance, so no real bar to readers who don't know the country.

Kathy

I love nature writing and want to read more of it. I'll add this one to my list. I seem to have gotten away from reading this type of book, and since I just finished reading two books this week, I shall rummage through my shelves for something like this.

Stefanie

This sounds like an enjoyable book. Good idea about the map too. I sometimes wish I had one myself but thank goodness for the internet! And how fun that you've joined the Audubon Society! also, good call saving Arctic Dreams for summer reading :)

catharina

I probably already told you that I have ordered Nature Cure too, and it has arrived. I want to finish The Man Who Planted Trees (Jean Giono) first though so you will probably have a review here before I start it. I have a Glovebox Atlas of Britain with my books, just to look up places and get a general idea of where, yet it doesn't tell you about the landscape, which would be nice too. I've been investigating the link to Audubon Society and am very impressed by the scale at which they operate. Are you planning to tell us more about the magazine?

Danielle

I'm really enjoying it, too, and I think not being overly familiar with the places he is writing about won't be a hindrance, though what he says about the places did pique my curiosity enough to go to Google images and take a peek. I am not so good geographically sometimes in terms of where places are exactly in Britain, so it's at least nice to know where on the map each place sits. He mostly is writing about things, though, where it's easy really to just imagine the places and fill in the details with his descriptions. So far it's really very lyrical and makes me want spring to come soon so I can spend more time outside (and not just read about it!).

Danielle

Me, too. Only I've only really just discovered it, so I have a lot of catching up to do. So many classics of nature writing that I would love to read at some point. You'll have to let me know which book you choose if you pick a good nature book--I can keep an eye out for it, too, and add it to my reading list.

Danielle

Google images does help fill in some of those blanks. If I am close to the computer when reading I do like to look things up and get visuals. It was chance that I decided to subscribe to Audubon--they had sent me a flier at just the right time! :) Arctic Dreams will appeal more when I am wishing for cold rather than living in it, I think!

Danielle

I think you are going to like Nature Cure--we'll have to compare notes when you get to it! Did I already tell you I read one of Jean Giono's books last year? It was a war book, however, and a bit hard going. I should pull out my own Atlas (though it is a general one) to help orient myself in my reading. Better to keep it close at hand than on my bookshelf unopened. It at least helps in knowing where everything lies city/county-wise. I will have to share more about the Audubon magazine. I wonder if there are any other general nature magazines with some good writing in them--may have to look around as that would be another place to expand my horizons.

Caroline

This reminds me...I really want to start to read some of the books on nature I have. It's so soothing.

Danielle

They really are soothing--such a different sort of reading experience. I'm enjoying the Mabey and have been taking it slowly as there is so much description. I often find myself going back and rereading passages.

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