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Richard Mabey is the UK's most celebrated nature writer and a major voice in promoting environmental issues.
He is an experienced speaker on topics such as the Environment and Nature. As well as delivering regular lectures, he contributes frequently to BBC radio.
After education at Oxford, Richard Mabey worked as a lecturer in Social Studies, then as a Senior Editor at Penguin Books. He became a full-time writer in 1974. He is the author of over 30 titles. Among his acclaimed publications are the bestselling Food for Free, The Unofficial Countryside, The Common Ground and Whistling in the Dark. His work has won several awards, including the Whitbread Biography of the Year Award, British Book Awards' Illustrated Book of the Year and the Botanical Society of the British Isles' President's Award.
His recent memoir Nature Cure (2005), which describes how reconnecting with the wild helped him break free from debilitating depression, was shortlisted for three major literary awards, the Whitbread, Ondaatje, and J.R. Ackerley prizes. He writes for the Independent, the Guardian, The Times and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He has written a personal column in BBC Wildlife magazine since 1986.
In the 1980s he sat on the UK government's advisory body, the Nature Conservancy Council. He has been awarded a number of fellowships and honorary doctorates for his contributions to nature writing and was awarded a Civil List Pension in 2008 for services to literature. He is a director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society.
» Richard Mabey talks at the UEA New Writing Worlds Festival
Books by Richard Mabey.