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The Well Gardened Mind : Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World - Sue Stuart-Smith

The Well Gardened Mind

Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World

By: Sue Stuart-Smith

Paperback | 3 March 2021

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A Times and Sunday Times Best Book of 2020

How can gardening relieve stress and help us look after our mental health? What lies behind the restorative power of the natural world?

In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.

With illuminating stories of how people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction can change their lives, this inspiring and wise book of science, insight and anecdote – now translated into fifteen languages – shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.

About the Author

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who took her degree in English literature at Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and a psychiatrist. She taught at The Tavistock Clinic in London and worked for the National Health Service in Hertfordshire. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the famous garden designer, and together they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire. She is the author of The Well-Gardened Mind.
Industry Reviews
‘The wisest book I've read for many years … Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health … Hugely recommended'
Stephen Fry

'An important and timely book ... Beautifully written, drawing on a lifetime's experience as both a clinician and a gardener, and I urge everyone to read it'
Monty Don

'Riveting, inspiring and often very moving ... A lively, compassionate exhortation for us all to get our hands back in the soil'
Isabella Tree

'A compelling and deeply moving account of how profoundly our wellbeing can be affected through contact with gardening and the natural world ... Read it'
Edmund De Waal

'Must be the most original gardening book ever'
Sunday Times

'Fascinating ... Extends the awareness - backed up by compendious and elegant research - of how mentally enriching it is to swap screen for green ... [She] renders a very special service with this book'
Observer

'Stuart-Smith's beautifully written book is filled with insights into the joys but also the therapeutic benefits that tending plants can offer ...This is a life-affirming study of the pleasures of growing things'
Guardian

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