• Natasha Hart

Our Four Favourite Books about Nature

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

It’s the perfect spring day. The sun is shining, and it is warm. You’re going to put sun-cream on for the first time this year, and you have an iced cold coffee in your hand.

The bees are buzzing, the birds are singing, and you step outside, only to remember that because of social distancing & isolation you can't go further than your own doorstep.

If you don’t have a garden and you’re missing going outside, then isolation is especially difficult when the weather is so nice.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of our four favourite books about nature that you can read and still enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors from the comfort and safety of inside.

You may already have these at home, or you can support The Book Nook by ordering from Hive, where we receive a small share of any orders placed through the link here.

We hope the below list helps during this time, and we can’t wait to see you all again soon!

Wilding by Isabella Tree

An inspiring tale of what happens when you let nature take its course. Isabella and her husband give their clay farmland back to nature and document the changes that occur.

This book is a beautiful reminder that we don't always have to interfere and interact with everything in life. Sometimes, we can just observe.

Perfect for the nature lovers in your life.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

This is author Helen Macdonald’s honest account of struggling with grief by building her relationship with Mabel, her goshawk.

The descriptions of the goshawk and the raw emotions portrayed in the piece pull you into a world where nature helps to heal pain. The natural world is wild, but also beautiful and elegant.

I didn’t think reading this book would have such a profound effect on me, but it did. Two years later I still think of it when a bird flies over my house.

This book reinvigorated the nature writing field and will reinvigorate your life, too.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Similar to H is for Hawk, The Salt Path documents the harsh reality of loss, and how nature can heal in a multitude of ways.

Raynor Winn and her husband, Moth, are left with nothing after their home is lost and their business collapses, and Moth is diagnosed with a terminal illness. With nothing left, not even time, they make the impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the South-West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

A journey that defines what the word ‘home’ means against the wilderness of the sea. Their bravery leads way to a remarkable tale.

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

This is technically a kid’s book, but so, so beautiful it can be admired by all ages. A true treasure, it’s about the link between childhood and nature, and how we’re slowly losing this connection. It’s a celebration of the poetry of nature and especially honours the British countryside.

With a rich and vivid look at what’s being lost from the modern child’s mind, the book reminds us how we can stop such words as ‘acorn’ and ‘leaf’ from leaving our children’s minds.

A culmination of poems and amazing visuals, this book will surely submerge you into what is truly wholesome and beautiful about nature and the great outdoors.

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