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This is wintering. It is the courage to stare down the worst parts of our experience and commit to healing them the best we can.

Wintering, the dormant periods in our lives, the dark moments we endure - which can be brought about through myriad of ways; from the death of a loved one to a sudden change in circumstances or mental health issues - can be lonely and damaging and catch us off guard. 

Katherine May recounts her own year-long journey through winter and how she found strength and inspiration when life felt frozen. Part memoir, part exploration of a human condition, Wintering explores the healing nature of the great outdoors to help us overcome and embrace our own wintering experiences and how, much like nature, we can learn to appreciate these low periods, and what they have to teach us, before the ushering in of a new season.

©2020 Katherine May (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Bridgit Jones is depressed

I have been listening to this expecting it to become more profound and moving and instead am finding my self irritated and annoyed . It is just so self indulgent , the naration is part of the problem as I can't help think I am listening to Bridget Jones on depression.

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An individual experience of the verb to winter

Interesting references to the seasons, sauna and customs. I others incidences were strung together tentatively.

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Meditative and insightful

This is intriguing....an insight into the author’s journey through difficult times and how she managed it. It isn’t a story and it doesn’t have a neat ending. But a well worthwhile read.

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Wonderful warming book

I really loved this book. It was such a pleasure. Winter is a tough time of the year and it was so interesting to listen to the various ways people and animals winter. I will buy a hard copy so that I can dip into it every now and again. I did not enjoy the Narrator at all. When listening I had to imagine an older women’s voice. The narrator sounded far to young. I listened to an interview with Katherine May and her voice is wonderful. Such a pity it wasn’t narrated by the author. Fantastic book but wrong narrator.

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Wonderful memoir

Wonderful memoir. Every sentence felt familiar. It sounds like the negative reviews don't know what memoirs are.

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Beautiful book

This book is beautiful, such a poetic writing and a beautiful narration. It made me take longer than usual walks only to listen a little more. The topic is ... soothing. It makes you feel heard. Beautiful book.

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An unusual book - loved it.

An unusual book - loved it. Suited my mood at the beginning of the third lockdown.

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Comfort audiobook for the soul

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I found it quite fitting to listen to during a pandemic that finds many of us "wintering". While it is a little dark at times, I found it extremely uplifting and comforting. The choice of narrator was excellent as well. Beware: you might feel inclined to take up winter swimming after listening to it.

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I listened to this book over 2 days. It was utterly glorious and beautifully narrated.

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nourishing for the soul and mind

beautifully written and read makes me want to sink into a deep sleep and awaken in summer to great song loved it

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Extraordinary

What an amazing book! Incredibly deep and soothing, full of insight. A true remedy for all of us.