Saturday, March 14, 2009

New Naturalist

Richard Mabey examines the history of the New Naturalist series in The Guardian, and recounts some of the most seductive descriptions in past volumes, before suggesting how the series might be developed in future years:

"This is not to wish the NN to be something entirely different, or to join the kind of largely autobiographical, lyrically tinged work now clunkingly known as "nature writing". It is to ask whether the series really fulfilled its high purpose of making the inquiring spirit of field biology available to a wide public."