The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary

Paperback edition released 23/12/2021

by Emma Mitchell

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary

A beautifully-illustrated, lyrically-told account of nature’s capacity to mend and inspire us through the year.

Compellingly personal, and resplendent with hand-drawn illustrations, Emma Mitchell's The Wild Remedy is a treat for confirmed nature-lovers, and a trove of inspiration for those of us who are looking for fresh ways to enrich and mend our mental and physical wellbeing. 

Charting the author’s observations of nature through the year, this diaristic delight frames its purpose in the context of “the countryside being a means of easing melancholy, inspiring creative thought and hastening recovery”. A context made all the more profound in view of the fact that the author has suffered with depression for 25 years, and finds much solace in nature.

Reading this honest, generous-spirited book feels a little like you’re exploring trails and lesser-trodden paths alongside the author, encountering all manner of birds, blooms, butterflies and shoreline finds along the winding way. Packed with personal insights and wonderfully sensory descriptions of the natural world, this will surely inspire many of us to turn to the awe-inspiring outdoors to find joy and peace in the coming year.

Joanne Owen

The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary Synopsis

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


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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Emma Mitchell Press Reviews

'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.' Emma Freud

'Emma's writing is precise, gorgeous and inspiring.' Amy Liptrot

'An absolute joy.' Joanna Cannon

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ISBN: 9781789292909
Publication date: 23/12/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781789290462
Publication date: 27/12/2018
Format: Ebook

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