The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World (Hardback)Sue Stuart-Smith (author)
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Through moving stories of recovery, The Well-Gardened Mind deftly explores the healing effects of gardening on those who suffer from stress, addiction, depression, or trauma.
Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020
'The wisest book I've read for many years ... Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health ... Hugely recommended' - Stephen Fry
How can getting outdoors help us to look after our mental health?
In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years - working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.
- Prisoners given the chance to grow plants are less likely to reoffend.
- At-risk young people who get their hands in the soil are more likely to stay in education.
- Elderly people who garden live longer and have a better quality of life.
Sue Stuart-Smith tells brilliant, illuminating stories of people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction, from asylum seekers to veterans, inner-city young people to the retired.
This is a glorious book of science, insight and anecdote that shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 33 mm
'Must be the most original gardening book ever' - The Sunday Times
'A compelling and deeply moving account of how profoundly our wellbeing can be affected through contact with gardening and the natural world. This is a timely call of return. Read it.' - Edmund de Waal
'An important and timely book ... Sue Stuart-Smith's book is beautifully written drawing on a lifetime's experience as both as a clinician and a gardener, and I urge everyone to read it' - Monty Don
'Riveting, inspiring and often very moving, Sue Stuart-Smith's journey into the therapy of gardening reveals just how deep our connection with nature is, how much we risk when we cut ourselves off from it, and how much we can gain from its restorative power. A lively, compassionate exhortation for us all to get our hands back in the soil.' - Isabella Tree
'A book so wise and comfortable that it merits a place alongside Christopher Lloyd's The Well-Tempered Garden by the side of every bed ... Her writing has the simple grace of someone who really knows her subject and how best to explain it ... As wide and as thorough as her scientific training and her in-depth research ... Her deep understanding of the human psyche makes this a perfect source text as well as an engrossing read.' - Gardens Illustrated
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“Thoughtful and thought provoking. A must-read book in these troubled times”
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