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  • Published: 6 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473562882
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Wintering

How I learned to flourish when life became frozen




Lessons from the natural world to guide you through the darkest moments in life

'Wintering is every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself ... This is truly a beautiful book' Elizabeth Gilbert'A peaceful rebuff to life in fast-forward' Observer

Wintering is a season in the cold. It is a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress, or cast into the role of an outsider. However it arrives, wintering is usually involuntary, lonely and deeply painful.

In Wintering, Katherine May recounts her own year-long journey through winter, sparked by a sudden illness in her family that plunged her into a time of uncertainty and seclusion. When life felt at is most frozen, she managed to find strength and inspiration from the incredible wintering experiences of others as well as from the remarkable transformations that nature makes to survive the cold.

This beautiful, perspective-shifting memoir teaches us to draw from the healing powers of the natural world and to embrace the winters of our own lives.

  • Published: 6 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473562882
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Katherine May

Katherine May is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent works include The Electricity of Every Living Thing and The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club. She lives by the sea in Whitstable and enjoys sea swimming and long walks. She lives and breathes everything the natural world has to offer and is compelled by how the wild and extreme landscapes can benefit our mental and emotional wellbeing.

Praise for Wintering

Katherine May thoughtfully examines the emotional, spiritual, and geographical reality of the cold times, the dark days, and those periods of our lives when things are neither soft nor easy. In so doing, she offers a great and humane service to her readers: she shows us that wintering cannot be avoided, but need not be feared.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Wise, radical and comforting. It's a refreshing, original way of looking at winter, both the season and the winterings that happen in all of our lives. A thought-provoking joy to read.

Lucy Jones, author of Losing Eden

An elegant investigation into the consolations of nature and how it can be wonderfully restorative even on the bleakest of days

Sunday Express

[A] sympathetic memoir ... May recounts how she attempted to embrace rather than resist the gloom and chill of winter ... she radiates sincerity and quiet self-knowledge

TLS

We all experience periods of 'wintering' in our lives and this book shows us how to embrace the uncertainty that can come with it. A beautiful book that can be enjoyed in both winter and summer.

Lara Maiklem, author of Mudlarking

We all experience periods of 'wintering' in our lives and this book shows us how to embrace the uncertainty that can come with it. A beautiful book that can be enjoyed in both winter and summer.

Lara Maiklem, author of Mudlarking

Katherine May brings a poet's eye and unexpected comedy to this enthralling celebration of our fallow season ... this beautiful book is a reading cure.

Observer

I absolutely loved Wintering. I found it wise, radical and comforting. It's a refreshing, original way of looking at winter, both the season and the winterings that happen in all of our lives. A thought-provoking joy to read.

Lucy Jones, author of Losing Eden

Wintering is a gently unfolding delight: a memoir to savour and inspire, and a warm, witty meditation on the darkest seasons of our lives. I loved it.

Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed

An empowering and touching read that will inspire a survivalist spirit on even the darkest days of winter.

Town and Country Magazine

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