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The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Travel & Nature

The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn

Richard Mabey

Inspiring meditations through the author's rich store of memories

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9781847654502 (14 Apr 2011)

About the book

In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey attempts to marry a Romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism, he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it. Scientists eshew such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow.

Our feelings are an extension of our senses - sight, taste, smell, touch and sound - and here, in a sextet of inspiring meditations, Mabey explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature. From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.

About the author

Richard Mabey is Britain's foremost nature writer. In September 2010 Profile published Weeds; the first cultural history on the unwanted plants in our gardens, and throughout the world. He is the author of Flora Britannica, which won a British Book Award, and Birds Britannica. He has a regular column in BBC Wildlife magazine and has written extensively on nature for the national broadsheets.


Advance praise for Weeds [9781846680762]'This book will open your eyes to the significance, wonder and exasperation felt about weeds. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. Mabey offers a diversity and richness of fact, fiction, philosophy and fun ... [he] opens our minds and hearts in unexpected ways to the fallacy of an implacable divide between people and nature... a great read.

- Professor Stephen Hopper, Director, Kew Gardens

short, wise and consisently delightful.

- Johy Gray, New Statesman

For a quick reminder of the beauty of birdsong or the heady scent of wild flowers, Mabey is the most thoughful and intimate of guides.

- Claire Allfree, Metro London

A delightful melange of scientific reflection and personal memories.

- The Countryman

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Travel & Nature

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