We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing.
But we can make hidden things visible, and Rewild Yourself features 23 spells that will bring the magic of nature much closer to home.
Mammals you never knew existed will enter your world. Birds hidden in treetops will shed their cloak of anonymity. With a single movement of your hand you can make reptiles appear before you. Butterflies you never saw before will bring joy to every sunny day. Creatures of the darkness will enter your consciousness. And as you take on new techniques and a little new equipment, you will discover new creatures and, with them, new areas of yourself that had gone dormant. Once put to use, they wake up and start working again. You become wilder in your mind and in your heart. Once you know the spells, the wild world begins to appear before you.
For anyone who wants to get closer to the nature all around them and bring it back into focus, this is the perfect read.
Simon Barnes was the Chief Sports Writer for The Times until 2014, having worked for the paper for 30 years, during which time he covered seven Olympic Games and six World Cup finals. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher. He lives in Norfolk.
"[...] Whilst it might not take that long to get through, this book is worth reading as a reminder of how easy it can be to re-train yourself to fully enjoy the natural world. The accompanying pen and ink illustrations by Cindy Lee Wright that start each chapter are beautifully done and worth looking out for too, and I have already made a note of specific ideas to test out myself!"
– Katharine Bowgen, BTO book reviews