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.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 184 x 120 x 18 mm
Advance praise for Weeds 
'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 *