THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 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.
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).More About Emma Mitchell