I have followed Emma Mitchell on Twitter for ages and asked for her brilliant Make Winter book last Christmas, which is a great guide to making things to help through the dark months of Winter. When I saw that she had written this beautiful new book launching just before Christmas, I got in touch with her publishers straight away to see if I could stock it as it sums up the power of nature to heal and to help with mental health issues, something very close to my heart having suffered with anxiety over the past few years and finding nature to be the best healer.
Emma is very honest about her battle with depression for the past 25 years. In 2003, she left a stressful city job and moved to a cottage in the Cambridgeshire Fens. She began to take walks in the countryside around her new home, photographing, collecting and drawing as she went, and she started to feel better and better. Each walk was as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical. Emma’s moving and honest account of her year is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with nature can help with the increasing amount of people suffering with mental health issues. It is a hand-illustrated diary that talks through her own seasonal highs and lows, but also explains the science behind such changes, calling on new research into such areas as forest bathing and the ways our bodies and minds respond to wildlife. Filled with her beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a beautiful and unique book for anyone who has has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us. You can also follow Emma’s beautiful nature finds on her Instagram account @silverpebble2
Hardback Edition, 190 pages