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Enchantment: Reawakening Wonder in an Exhausted Age

Katherine May

From the internationally bestselling author of Wintering comes this balm for anxious times and an invitation to rediscover the feelings of awe and wonder available to us all.

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It will do your soul good to read this.’ NIGELLA LAWSON

A balm for our times from the internationally bestselling author of Wintering.

Our sense of enchantment is not only sparked by grand things. The awe-inspiring, the numinous, is all around us, all the time. It is transformed by our deliberate attention. The magic is of our own conjuring.

A total joy . . . Thoughtful, patient and beautifully written, like walking with a friend as dusk settles, this is the book your soul needs right now.’

‘Beautifully written.’

Feeling bone-tired, anxious and overwhelmed by the rolling news cycle and the pandemic age, Katherine May seeks to unravel the threads of a life wound too tightly. Could there be another way to live – one that feels more meaningful, more grounded in the places beneath our feet? One that would allow us to feel more connected, more rested and at ease, even as seismic changes unfold on the planet?

Craving a different path, May explores the restorative properties of the natural world and begins to rekindle her sense of wonder. It is a journey that takes her from sacred wells to wild moors, from cradling seas to starfalls. Through deliberate attention and ritual, she finds nourishment and a more hopeful relationship to the world around her.

Enchantment is an invitation to each of us to experience life in all its sensual complexity and to find the beauty waiting for us there.

Critic Reviews

May’s gorgeous descriptions of the natural world are just as arresting as those moments of awe she’s searching for. Read it and find yours.

Francesca Brown, Stylist
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[A] life-enhancing read . . . a lovingly written book which encourages us to be far more deliberate in our attention to the tiny moments of magic in the everyday, and a lovely reminder to embrace the beauty of the natural world.

Anna Bonet, i news
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Life-affirming . . . encourages you to slow down, look around and savour each day.

Jessie Thompson, Independent
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It will do your soul good to read this.

Nigella Lawson
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A reminder for us all to cultivate awe from the simple things and ditch the superficial. A beautifully written manifesto for tapping into the extraordinary.

Fearne Cotton
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A total joy . . . Thoughtful, patient and beautifully written, like walking with a friend as dusk settles, this is the book your soul needs right now.

Cariad Lloyd

Katherine May is an internationally bestselling author and podcaster living in Whitstable, UK. Her hybrid memoir Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times became a New York Times, Sunday Times and Der Spiegel bestseller, was adapted as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Porchlight and Barnes & Noble Book of the…

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