Our ReviewsEnchantment by Katherine May

Enchantment by Katherine May


A few weeks’ ago, Chaya and I were super excited to attend the @faberbooks Spring Party where we snapped up some beautiful new proofs. @katherinemay_’s Enchantment was one of them and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

It wasn’t lost on me that I happened to pick this up during a week where I felt particularly stressed. I had so much on, I felt like it was all coming at me from all sides. All I wanted, all I needed was some quiet time to get on with work but of course, as hour merged into another, it became clearer and clearer that it wasn’t going to happen. In some ways, I think this meant that Enchantment genuinely spoke to me, at a time when I needed it, a time when I was hitting overwhelm on full volume. 

May is a genuinely beautiful writer with an ability to observe deeply that isn’t in any way mind-boggling. She invites you to rediscover the magic in the everyday but by giving you that power for yourself. 

There was a lot about this book which I truly enjoyed but I think it will speak to every reader differently. For me, May’s depiction of the significance of deep play was so utterly pertinent, genuinely taking me back to the childhood feelings I had — the love I had of writing stories in primary school that I shut away for so long. 

It is, in May’s words, time for a reckoning. Now, more than ever, we need to find a balance between what we know and what we knew. Re-enchanting ourselves with the core of our existence — the fundamentals — is the way. In this magical book, you’ll learn how you can — and through this, what it really means to be human oh and ps. It’s out today! ~ S

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