Wintering: How to Survive When Life is Frozen by Katherine May, has been acquired by Rider Books, an imprint of Ebury.

This work of narrative non-fiction explores the ways we have developed to survive the darker phases of our lives, also known as ‘wintering’. Such periods can be brought about through a myriad of ways; from the death of a loved one to a sudden change in circumstances or mental health issues. These can be lonely, damaging and often catch us off guard.

Part memoir, part exploration of a human condition, Wintering advocates the healing nature of the great outdoors and its ability to help us overcome and embrace our own wintering experiences. Katherine urges the reader to learn from nature,  and begin to appreciate these low periods; they have a great deal to teach us and will ultimately usher in a new season.

Nira Begum, editor at Rider Books,  said: “Katherine beautifully draws examples from the natural world, weaving the depths of literal winter with the metaphorical to show us these fallow periods are in fact part of the natural cycle of life. I’m really excited to be publishing it.”

Katherine added: “This is a very personal project for me. Wintering is about finding magic in the dark periods of life, when we feel cast out, blocked or rejected. I believe we can all winter well and winter can be the crucible for change.”

Wintering: How to Survive When Life is Frozen will publish with Rider Books in Spring 2020