An outstanding natural history writer. . . SELECTED WRITINGS is a treasure, even for his admirers who have been reading him for years. . Honest, perceptive, informed and humble before the history nature represents, Mabey is a gentle wonder, and so is his book. Eileen Battersby, IRISH TIMES. Richard Mabey is one of our most gifted and evocative writers on nature and the environment. This single - volume collection of the best of his writings shows the range and quality of his thinking over a quarter of a century. It includes nature diaries, writings on travel and environmental art, and full-blown investigations of forestry, farming and development scandals. Here, too, are personal meditations, on the nature of landscape, the mythology of woodlands and the appeal of wilderness.