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The Consolation of Nature

UK Publisher: Hodder Studio

‘What joy! . . . There’s acute and beautiful observation on every page, thrown into exquisite relief by the poignancy of the circumstances.’
—Isabella Tree

‘An entrancing testament to nature’s power to restore us to ourselves.’
—Ruth Padel


Nature took on a new importance for many people when the coronavirus pandemic arrived, providing solace in a time of great anxiety – not least because the crisis struck at the beginning of spring, the season of light, growth, rebirth and renewal.

Three writers, close friends but living in widely separated, contrasting parts of the country, resolved to record their experiences of this extraordinary spring in intimate detail, to share with others their sense of the wonder, inspiration and delight the natural world can offer.

The Consolation of Nature is the story of what they discovered by literally walking out from their front doors.

Michael McCarthy, formerly the Independent’s longstanding Environment Editor, is one of Britain’s leading writers on the environment and the natural...