The Wild Remedy How Nature Mends Us – a diary written by Emma Mitchell, publisher Michael O’Mara books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
Emma Mitchell has suffered with depression – or as she calls it, ‘the grey slug’ – for twenty-five years. In 2003, she moved from the city to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and began to take walks in the countryside around her new home, photographing, collecting and drawing as she went. Each walk lifted her mood, proving to be as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.
In Emma’s hand-illustrated diary, she takes us with her as she follows the local paths and trails, sharing her nature finds over the course of a year. Reflecting on how these encounters impact her mood, Emma’s candid account of her own struggles is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with nature may offer some answers to today’s mental health epidemic.
Written with Emma’s characteristic wit and frankness, and filled with her beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a truly unique book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.
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This is a beautiful book from inside to out. The author, Emma Mitchell, has compiled a book starting from October journeying through each month to September. She guides us pointing out changes to the landscape around us be it flora, fauna or nature and shows us how each one brings a new feeling of emotion within ourselves.
The book is told with beautiful prose and is interspersed with stunning photos and delicate illustrations. There’s a gorgeous photo of teasels at sunset that makes my heart gasp.
What I’ve transpired from this book and from what we have all learned from the last 18 months or so living under a pandemic is that nature has been rejoicing our souls for a lifetime. Before technology burst into our lives we had our own multi-coloured rays of light amongst the darkness of life. Emma Mitchell is reminding us with a gentleness of what helps her when life is tough.
Such a beautiful, thoughtful book for a time when we need to be reminded to open our eyes.
About the Author
Emma Mitchell is a popular designer–maker, craft teacher, and naturalist. She lives in a tiny village on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens, where she runs nature-inspired craft workshops and creative winter retreats. Emma has been published in the Guardian, Mollie Makes, Country Living, and Kirstie Allsopp’s book Craft. She’s also the creator and editor of Mollie Makes Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine, which has raised £100,000 so far for projects in the United Kingdom and Africa. She shares her joy of craft and her daily nature observations on her Instagram account, @silverpebble2, and her Twitter feed, @silverpebble. She blogs at silverpebble.net