Turned Out Nice Again by Richard Mabey

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As he points out in his gusty and brilliant new book, when it comes to the weather, the British swing between "sulky resentment and playful derring-do".
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In his trademark style, Richard Mabey weaves together science, art and memoirs (including his own) to show the weather's impact on our culture and national psyche. He rambles through the myths of Golden Summers and our persistent state of denial about the winter; the Impressionists' love affair with London smog, seasonal affective disorder (SAD - do we all get it?) and the mysteries of storm migraines; herrings falling like hail in Norfolk and Saharan dust reddening south-coast cars; moonbows, dog-suns, fog-mirages and Constable's clouds; the fact that English has more words for rain than Inuit has for snow; the curious eccentricity of country clothing and the mathematical behaviour of umbrella sales.


We should never apologise for our obsession with the weather. It is one of the most profound influences on the way we live, and something we all experience in common. No wonder it's the natural subject for a greeting between total strangers: 'Turned out nice again.'

 

About Richard Mabey

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Richard Mabey is the father figure of modern nature writing in the UK. Since 1972 he has written some 40 influential books, including the prize-winning Nature Cure, Gilbert White: a Biography, and Flora Britannica. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society. He spent the first half of his life amongst the Chiltern beechwoods, and now lives in Norfolk in a house surrounded by ash trees.
 
Published February 18, 2013 by Profile Books. 160 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alexandra Harris on Mar 22 2013

Turned out Nice Again is the published version of five radio essays broadcast on Radio 3 in February ...and this book is a finely crafted miniature, more expansive in tone and implication than its tiny scale would suggest.

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Mar 08 2013

As he points out in his gusty and brilliant new book, when it comes to the weather, the British swing between "sulky resentment and playful derring-do".

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