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  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857525789
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $37.00

Eight Master Lessons of Nature




A rich and gentle manifesto of how to forge vital and meaningful connections with nature and what the natural world can teach us about human life.

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'A classic' - Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of the Eden Project'I saw truth, I saw beauty, I saw a better future in these pages.' - John Lewis-Stempel

For too long we have set ourselves apart from nature, seeing ourselves as superior, removed, independent. But in doing so we have lost sight of all that the natural world can teach us.

In Eight Master Lessons of Nature, Gary Ferguson reveals the wisdom of the natural world. By keenly observing and admiring wildlife and their surroundings, he shows us why sympathy is our greatest asset and crucial to our survival, that feminine rule is default in the natural world, and how even from the ashes of destruction, life is still able to thrive.

Written in rich and nourishing prose, Ferguson gently dismantles the walls we have erected between ourselves and nature, showings us the wonder of our surroundings in all their splendour. Drawing on stories from art and science, flora and fauna, philosophy and history, he carefully unravels the dazzling web of connections that binds us to earth and the rich supply of wisdom that is stored here. The result is a powerful and timely reminder of our place in this world, our interdependence, and how much nature is able to teach, heal and ultimately restore us.

  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857525789
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Gary Ferguson

Gary Ferguson is a prize-winning essayist and author. He is the author of twenty-five books on nature and science and is a leading voice on the ecological and psychological values of nature. He has been a regular contributor to the National Geographic Lecture series and was on the faculty of the Rainer Writing Workshop MFA at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in south Montana.

Praise for Eight Master Lessons of Nature

A bold peacock of a book, bristling with life, seriously stimulating and written poetically and crisply. I think it’s a classic.

Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice-Chairman and Co-founder of the Eden Project

It's hard to put down the phone and pay attention to the larger world—but as this insightful book makes clear, that kind of attention to the natural world can help set us on better paths for our lives, our societies, and our futures.

Bill McKibben, Environmentalist and author of The End of Nature

I saw truth, I saw beauty, I saw a better future in these pages.

John Lewis-Stempel

This beautiful book will make your genes ache with homesickness for the mystery we sprang from. Luckily, it’s waiting right outside. Let Gary Ferguson take you there. You'll remember, and you'll thank him.

Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us

In this expansive survey, nature writer Ferguson argues that nature’s ‘harmony, balance, and rhythm’ can teach humans how to live peaceful, vital lives. Ferguson’s eight assertions each speak to the powerful connections he sees between the natural and human worlds, each beginning with his lushly delivered observations of nature.

Publishers' Weekly

A mellow, meditative book for nature lovers and those who want to reconnect with the world around them.

Kirkus Reviews

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