- Title The Wild Remedy
- Author Emma Mitchell
- Year 2018
- Genre Memoir
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 paths and trails around her cottage and further afield, sharing her nature finds and tracking the lives of local flora and fauna over the course of a year.
This is a really beautiful book, although actually quite hard to read in places as Emma really suffers over the course of the year. The diary is split into months, starting in the autumn/winter period, and we travel with Emma as she goes for walks in the countryside, really delving into the nature that surrounds her to try and help or maintain her mental health.
There are gorgeous photographs and incredible sketches, I’m always so jealous of people that can draw. And even though battles with depression are scattered throughout the diary, it still has a feeling of hopefulness that flows and fluctuates with the seasons. It’s lovely.
Rating: 4 / 5