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Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of the Nature Cure
Written by:
Samantha Walton 
Read by:
Laura Evelyn 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 32 minutes 
October 01 2021 
Available Date:
October 01 2021 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Lifestyle - Wellbeing; Mind, Body & Spirit; Self Help 
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A culturally expansive and deeply researched journey into the 'nature cure' phenomenon – its cultural legacy, the science behind it and its uncertain future.

Everybody is talking about the healing properties of nature. Hospitals are being retrofitted with gardens and forests reimagined as wellbeing centres. On the Shetland Islands, it is possible to walk into a doctor's surgery with anxiety or depression and walk out with a prescription for nature. Where has this come from and what does 'going to nature' mean? Where is it – at the end of a garden, beyond the tarmac fringes of a city, at the summit of a mountain? Drawing on history, science, literature and art, Samantha Walton shows that the nature cure has deep roots – but, as we face an unprecedented crisis of mental health, social injustice and environmental devastation, the search for it is more urgent now than ever. Everybody Needs Beauty engages seriously with the connection between nature and health, while scrutinising the harmful trends of a wellness industry that seeks to exploit our relationship with the natural world.

'Beautifully written, intimate and intellectually fascinating.'
Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

'Essential reading for our trammelled, troubled times.'
David Farrier, author of Footprints

'Impeccably researched ... A call to us all to find a place within the simplicity and complexity of nature.'
Lara Maiklem, bestselling author of Mudlarking