From the New York Times–bestselling author of Wintering, an invitation to rediscover the feelings of awe and wonder available to us all
In Enchantment, Katherine May invites the reader to come with her on a journey to reawaken our innate sense of wonder and awe. With humour, candour, and warmth, she shares stories of her own struggles with work, family, and the aftereffects of pandemic, particularly feelings of overwhelm as the world rushes to reopen.
Craving a different way to live, May begins to explore the restorative properties of the natural world, moving through the elements of earth, water, fire, and air and identifying the quiet traces of magic that can be found only when we look for them. Through deliberate attention and ritual, she unearths the potency and nourishment that come from quiet reconnection with our immediate environment.
Blending lyricism and storytelling, sensitivity and empathy, Enchantment invites each of us to open the door to human experience in all its sensual complexity, and to find the beauty waiting for us there.View book
Press and Reviews
“Blending lyricism and storytelling, sensitivity and empathy, Enchantment invites each of us to open the door to human experience in all its sensual complexity, and to…”
“Beautifully written and profoundly reasoned, this introspective search for meaning will appeal to readers seeking wholeness and community.”
“Featuring lyrical writing and clear open-mindedness, the narrative will speak to anyone feeling lonely in the modern world...May’s pursuit of enchantment will resonate with anyone feeling…”
“Luminous… Enchantment is truly enchanting. Katherine May’s authorial voice casts a spell that helps us see the magic in everything, including ourselves.”
“I can not imagine a more gracious companion. This book is a gift.”
“A beautiful offering of light, truth and charm in these strange, dark times.”
“If I had added a Post-it Note to every sentence in this book that made me laugh, wince in recognition, or faintly well up, I would…”
“This is the kind of book that could well make a difference to someone's life … every mother should read it.”
“A wonderful anthology. I enjoyed it so much - the honesty, intelligence, fury and tenderness of the essays; and, importantly and refreshingly, the range of voices…”
“A manifesto for the value of difficult people. I loved it.”