Emma Mitchell's richly illustrated and evocative nature diary tracks the lives of local flora and fauna around her home and further afield, and shows how being in the wild benefits our mental and physical wellbeing.
Emma Mitchell doesn't want to beat around the hawthorn bush, she suffers with depression, and has done for twenty-five years. In 2009, the stresses of a city job became too much and she decided to move her family into a cottage in the Cambridgeshire Fens. She swapped days in the office for walks in the wood. There she began to get better. And better. Her encounters with nature proving to be as medicinal as any therapy or drug.
In Emma's hand-illustrated diary, she takes us with her as she stomps the paths and trails around her home and further afield, sharing her nature finds and tracking the lives of local flora and fauna over the course of a year. Reflecting on how these encounters impact her mood, she explains the science behind such changes, calling on new research into forest bathing and our innate urge to be among leafy, furred and feathered things.
Filled with Emma's beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a book for those who want to bring a little piece of the outdoors with them, whether you struggle with low mood or just love discovering more about the natural world.
Emma Mitchell is a popular designer-maker, naturalist, illustrator and craft teacher. She has a monthly column in Countryfile magazine and is one of the Guardian's Country Diarists. She has also written for Mollie Makes, Country Living and Standard Issue magazine and has recently appeared on the BBC's Countryfile winter special (10 million viewers) and BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Her first book, Making Winter, was published in October 2017 to outstanding praise. Emma lives on the edge of the Fens in Eastern England with her husband, two daughters, her whippet puppy and two guinea pigs. She records her daily nature finds with photographs and illustrations on her Instagram (@silverpebble2) which has over 105,000 followers, including Nigel Slater, India Knight and Emma Freud.
"Emma's words are profound, her photography is inspiring and her illustrations are exquisite. This book is the literary equivalent of Prozac." --Emma Freud "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, author, The Outrun
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