239 pages, b&w plates
When the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White (1720-93) wrote The Natural History of Selborne (1789), he created one of the greatest and most influential natural history works of all time, his detailed observations about birds and animals providing the cornerstones of modern ecology. In this award-winning biography, Richard Mabey tells the wonderful story of the clergyman – England's first ecologist – whose inspirational naturalist's handbook has become an English classic.
"Enthralling [...] an excellent evocation of White and his times which certainly deserves a place beside the original work Alan Sillitoe"
- Sunday Times
"His evocation of the landscape is brilliant. We seem to be jogging down those deeply rutted lanes behind the parson looking over his shoulder."
- Times Educational Supplement
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Richard Mabey is one of Britain's foremost writers on the subject of nature. He is the author of Flora Britannica, which won the British Book Awards' Illustrated Book of the Year, and Birds Britannica (Chatto, 2005) and he wrote, narrated and produced the popular BBC TV series Postcards from the Country in 1996. He writes a regular column for BBC Wildlife magazine and has written on nature for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. He lives in Norfolk.