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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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Beautiful book..

I rarely finish a book on audible, I’m not sure why as when I read I never fail to finish a book but this one I devoured. The small moments of life that we all recognize. Really beautiful.

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Not relatable

I haven’t been able to finish this either on audiobook or reading the hard copy. The author’s description of her ‘wintering’ experience, wherein she describes in detail how she has struggled with depression throughout her life jarred with me. It may well be her true experience, but for most people, depression (not manic or bi-polar) causes lethargy and a loss of motivation, so I personally found her lists of lovely things she made in her kitchen and so on very challenging. I was hoping for a comforting, relatable book which would be a companion through my current phase of retreat for the sake of physical and mental health; instead, this book made me feel challenged and lazy, as though I was wasting some wonderful opportunity. I respect that the author had her experience and I’m having mine, but it almost feels that she heard the term ‘Wintering’ and applied it to a situation where it didn’t really fit, just to get a book out of it. Not for me.

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balm to the soul

Narrator's voice is lovely and soothing. Content of the book a balm to the soul. Lots of thought provoking reflections. Will definitely keep this one for repeated listens.

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Beautifully written and read

I absolutely loved this book, I connected with it from start to finish and it has helped me view my life in a different way. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has 'wintered' or suspects they may need to.

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Beautiful, ate it up in a day & shared to friends

Poetic narrative, just what I needed for a cold wet February day. Lovely narration also

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Couldn't finish it

I've had to admit defeat and abandon this one. I agree with other reviews, the middle class outlook and unconscious privilege is infuriating. The book is written from a very narrow cultural perspective. I could grit my teeth and get past the jaunt to an Icelandic spa etc but the bit that really stuck in my throat was the sneering at the crowds at the Stonehenge winter solstice. May is very careful to distance herself from them, make it clear they are 'other' - embarrassing and not quite normal. She even finds it amusing that she wrinkles her nose and scrunches up her face when talking about them. Literal sneering. How anyone thought it was a good idea to write about fellow humans like that I don't know.

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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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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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A book to live by

Really enjoyed it. It resonated with me on lots of levels and feels like a chocolate box of tools you have but sometimes forget.

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Chicken soup for COVID-19

I’ve been on Audible for about five years and never bothered with a review, but Catherine deserves this. This book is astonishingly good and incredibly timely. I was irritated in the beginning looking for a bunch of bullet points on the value of winter… Instead what I got was a beautifully written and superbly well read Story...truly connecting me back to the essence of living. Thank you to all involved in this beautiful production.

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  • 27-04-21

Delightful, poetic, hopeful, uplifting

What a find. I treasure this one. This book is a very special type of magical, a gentle, wise and self-loving meander through difficult times. A fresh perspective on the cold and dark times we experience, in cycles, over and over again. Everybody winters. Everybody should read this. It’s filled with love.

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  • 08-01-21

Extraordinary

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