The Wild Remedy

The Wild Remedy : How Nature Mends Us - A Diary

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Emma Mitchell's richly illustrated and evocative diary records her nature finds over the course of a year and shows how being in the wild benefits our mental and physical wellbeing.

'This is a beautiful, beautiful book, I can't recommend it enough.' Sue Perkins

'Profound, inspiring and exquisite.' Emma Freud

'Precise, gorgeous and inspiring.' Amy Liptrot

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.

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 can be as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.

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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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 21mm | 566.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • approx. 40 colour photos and 100 colour illustrations throughout
  • 1789290422
  • 9781789290424
  • 32,790

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A beautiful book that explores the seasons in elegant prose with charming illustrations. It's a diary of nature, but also of how it can heal. The Sunday Telegraph
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A beautiful book that explores the seasons in elegant prose with charming illustrations. It's a diary of nature, but also of how it can heal. * The Sunday Telegraph * Honest, melancholic, joyous, thankful and illuminating in ever-shifting and subtle measure. * Psychologies * A delightful almanac... Here we have not only precise, detailed writing but also gorgeous illustrations, painting and photographs. Mitchell shares her knowledge and skills generously. Highly recommend. * BBC Countryfile Magazine * Emma Mitchell's excellent The Wild Remedy ... elaborate[s] stylishly the link between mental health and the ability to open ourselves up in open space. * The Guardian * A torch-bearer of light and colour in an often dark world. A stand-alone work of art. * Joe Harkness, Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine * Be inspired by Emma's reflections on the healing power of wildlife. * Top Sante Magazine * The Wild Remedy is both a paean to the countryside, and a rallying call for better approaches to mental health. It's a thoughtful tale, supported by Mitchell's scientific research, and the evocative descriptions of her hedgerow finds. * The English Garden * A beautiful year-long ramble through the paths and trails around Emma's cottage and further afield. * Soul & Spirit Magazine * Deeply moving... this powerful book reminds us that nature is everywhere, and solace can even come from a tree at the side of the road. * Sunday Business Post * Emma Mitchell is a gifted writer. This book is well researched, knowledgeable and readable. The book itself is beautiful. Almost a work of art. * Birdwatch Magazine * This is a beautiful, beautiful book, and I can't recommend it enough. -- Sue Perkins Emma's words are profound, her photography is inspiring and her illustrations are exquisite. This book is the literary equivalent of Prozac. -- Emma Freud An absolute joy. Rarely do you find a book that soothes both the mind and the soul, but The Wild Remedy has managed it. Between its pages lies everything I believe in - the fractures uniting us as human beings and the ability of nature to mend and heal. This is such a powerful and beautiful book, and I can't think of anyone whose life would not be a better place for reading it. -- Joanna Cannon Emma's writing is precise, gorgeous and inspiring, and I am delighted to have a whole year's worth of her beautiful artwork. She makes me look more closely, learn more gladly and get outside more. -- Amy Liptrot Emma Mitchell has a knack for making even the humblest garden or daily dog-walk seem richer and more rewarding. It comes as no surprise that her ability to make and share a creative connection to nature can benefit mental health. -- Melissa Harrison Brutally honest about her struggles with mental health issues, especially during the dark, colourless days of winter, and the long recovery thereafter ... This is a warming, gentle book and it imparts its own mild therapy as we are guided slowly through the year. * Mark Avery Blog * Beautiful and inspiring * Culture Fly *
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About Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell is a popular naturalist, designer-maker and illustrator. She has a column in BBC Countryfile magazine and is one of the Guardian's Country Diarists. Her first book, Making Winter, was published to outstanding praise. She has also featured on the BBC's Countryfile and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, and has written for a number of publications, including Country Living, Breathe and Mollie Makes. Emma lives on the edge of the Fens in Eastern England with her husband, two daughters and Annie their lurcher. She records her daily nature finds with photographs and illustrations on her Instagram (@silverpebble2).
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862 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 44% (375)
4 37% (320)
3 16% (139)
2 2% (21)
1 1% (7)
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