Book Review - Turned Out Nice Again

Tuesday 12th Mar 2013 by theWeather Club

The weather is a popular topic of conversation: it's too cold, too hot, too windy, too wet. We'll even talk to strangers about the weather as we all have an opinion about it. Acclaimed nature writer Richard Mabey has tapped into our national obsession to produce a book called Turned Out Nice Again.

Turned Out Nice Again, which began its life as 'The Essay' on Radio 3, is only 90 pages long. But ever page is packed with weather-related subjects varying from how our daily mood swings are dictated by the weather, how the Impressionists created some of their best works in the London smog and how Mabey once stood inside a cave while a rainbow wrapped around him. He writes in a beautifully descriptive, lyrical style that makes the pictures he paints all the more vivid.

Having both observed the British weather and its effects on the environment, wildlife and people for many decades, Mabey is able to recount in impressive detail what was happening on a given date. On February 22, 1979, he recalls he was walking on London's Regent Street when "the sun suddenly peeped through the clouds for the first time in weeks. Quite spontaneously, almost everyone stepped off the pavement into the thin ribbon of watery sunshine in the road, giggling like children in delighted surprise."

Mabey's book contains some fascinating information including many notable historic and recent meteorological events, bringing us right up to date with the fact 2012 has gone into the record books as one of the wettest years ever. No wonder the weather is the first topic of conversation between total strangers: 'Turned out nice again.'