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Turned Out Nice Again: On Living with the Weather

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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 ...more
Published March 14th 2013 by Profile Books(GB) (first published March 1st 2013)
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This intriguing and affectionate look at the weather made me think of the varied weather we experience in the UK in a somewhat different manner. The author looks briefly at the way the weather affects how we feel – dark days make us feel quiet and depressed, sunny days cheer us up and strong winds make some people feel on edge.

The weather has a huge effect on our daily lives and it is something we all talk about. A comment on the weather is often the first thing we say to people after we say hel
Paul Cheney
This is a charming little book about the relationship between the British and the weather; the title is the greeting that two strangers will normally exchange rather then hello.

It is a very short book, on 90 pages, and it is split into five chapters. He writes about the exceptional weather moments that we have had, and also the mundane. We can go from snow one week in June, to balmy weather a week later. In the past he has suffer from depression, which he wrote about in his book Nature Cure, and
Alex Sarll
A slim but wise volume on the British accommodation with our "whimsical" weather, what we mythologise and what we forget. Inevitably, it ends on a worried note as it contemplates the oncoming storm of climate change - compounded, for me, by reading roughly half the book either side of seeing Doggerland, an intense and hieratic dance piece on the same themes. Fingers crossed that Mabey is right, and a century hence Britons will still be muddling through and wryly greeting each other with his titl ...more
Stewart Monckton
This is a slight – about 80 small pages – but nonetheless worthwhile consideration of weather, our relationship with it and eventually our impact on it.

If you are already a fan of the writing of Richard Mabey this will be a very familiar read. It contains sections of introspection, mainly about depression and mental illness, beautifully observed sections about the fine detail of the countryside and (in my opinion) a slightly too reverential approach to a small group of authors – in this case Gi
Janet Roberts
This is a really small book - in fact an afternoon read. It's by one of my favourite nature writers, and talks about the weather and our response to it, particularly how it affects our mental health. This is of considerable interest to Mabey as he suffers quite severely from depression.
What I particularly enjoy about his writing is the sheer poetry in his this description of a trip to a wood which was said to flood in the spring
"So, on the afternoon of 21 March, first day of spring,
Graham S
What a waste of time! Barely a magazine article which rambles on with very little worthwhile content. Why publish such a slight piece??
Richard Mabey probably the best Nature writer of the day. A tiny, beautiful, book of 90 pages, with 5 sections, in which Mabey explores our never-ending fascination with weather. Through anecdote, exquisite observation,science,cultural references, his own experience and memory, he brings a beautifully fresh view to the subject few of us tire of talking about at least once a day - our weather.
A short, read in a rainy afternoon book about how the weather impinges on the emotions and actions of people. Often quite lyrical it is an enjoyable read. The chapter, Halcyon Days, was particularly good. The phrase derives from a spell of calm November weather when it was believed the kingfisher incubated its eggs on the sea. Alkoun is the Greek for kingfisher.
Suzie Grogan
This is a beautiful book - an extended essay really - on our relationship with Britain's 'whimsical' (Richard Mabey's term) weather. I could read Mr Mabey all day long; he writes so lyrically and with such a passion for nature that it enthuses, informs and enchants. Loved it.
Andy Emery
Nice little summary of what weather means to us and nature, in Mabey's inimitable style.
Gareth Renowden
Mabey explores the relationship between weather and the way we think (and write) about the world. Short, but perfectly formed, this book is exquisitely written.
Sarah England
Excellent little gem of a book. Terribly English, but full of fascinating facts and some sublime writing.
Lovely book that is a perfect travel book. Could be read and re-read many times.
Entertaining, beautifully written little book about the weather.
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Richard Mabey is one of England's greatest nature writers. He is author of some thirty books including Nature Cure which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards.
A regular commentator on the radio and in the national press, he is also a Director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society. He lives in Norfolk.
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