Richard Mabey

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the naturalist and writer Richard Mabey. A romantic at heart, he regrets that so much written about nature these days concentrates on the scientific. Unlike past writers like WH Hudson or Gilbert White, he says we rarely confess our feelings and emotions about the countryside. What interests him is our relationship with nature; how we name our streets and houses after flowers, why children still whack conkers, and the reasons we bring holly and mistletoe into our homes at Christmas. He himself has a special relationship with the nightingale - he describes how, in times of distress and depression, he can always find comfort in its song.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: La Delaissado (The Abandoned) by Joseph Canteloube
Book: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Luxury: Guitar

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Fri 31 Oct 1997 09:05

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PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestRichard Mabey

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