This months book list! Some books that I have loved about the optimistic power of the natural world to mend itself and us, how to connect with it more, and why we need the wild to not only survive, but to thrive.
Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm by Isabella Tree
Inspirational, accessible, but above all optimistic. I think it will be one of those books that I read again and again.
Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild by Lucy Jones
Both meticulously researched and deeply personal, this book explores our long lived, but often lost connection to our natural environment. The fruit of that research are methods, data and real solutions for improving mental health, physical wellbeing and happier societies. A powerful book.
Philip's Stargazing 2023 Month-by-Month Guide to the Night Sky by Nigel Henbest
I buy a copy of this every year - this is 2023's ready and waiting. What's that extra bright star? Oh it's Jupiter. If we go outside on Wednesday night we should see the Perseid meteor shower. A true demonstration of the more you know about something, the more wonderful it can be. As Professor Brian Cox says, “A sky filled with tiny, twinkling lights is one thing, but a sky filled with other worlds is quite another. Deeper understanding confers that most precious thing - wonder.”
The Long Spring: Tracking the Arrival of Spring Through Europe by Laurence Rose
I read this at the beginning of the pandemic, and choosing to be aware of Spring emerging and the hopefulness of new life was definitely a calming influence. A beautifully poetic, bird focused pilgrimage.
Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding Ways to Make Nature More Visible - Simon Barnes
A playful look at easy ways to reconnect to our wild side in our original surroundings - the natural world. Now I always carry a plastic bag in my backpack so I can sit and dwell in nature no matter the conditions.
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham
This book is beautiful, challenging, at times disturbing, but always vibrantly alive. Chris Packham allows us inside his mind and experience of growing up with Asperger's and you won't leave unmoved.
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Approximately 3 years and 100 illustrations in the process, I have finally finished my Inky Wildflower alphabet! Celebrating British wildflowers with my usual bamboo dip pen and ink, each print features calm typography with dainty floral hand-drawn illustrations matched to the letter and the option to add botanical information so you can tell your Hawthorns from your Hellebores.
Now that the whole alphabet is complete, I can also offer my personalised name prints in this design, perfect for a new baby, to thank a flower girl or for anyone who loves botanical beauty. I'd love to hear what you think and if there's any products that you'd like your floral name or initials to adorn!
All your orders are so appreciated whenever you place them, but if you were planning on buying something from me this Christmas, I would really advise shopping early if you can. As you can see below, the post is likely to be very disrupted this year, so please do bear that in mind if things are taking longer to arrive. If you need something urgently, I will always do my best to accommodate, so please do get in touch.
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