Book Review: Vitamin N

10 October 2016 · 2 comments

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Greetings from Hong Kong!

I have been busy these past through weeks with travelling and working taking its toll on blog productivity. However, I have managed to snatch a moment here and there to read. The book I’ve recently finished is Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv.

I liked it so much that I gave it a review on Amazon UK. It’s rare these days that I find the time to do so, but this book fills a niche – that of thinking about how we can all bring more nature into our lives in a really positive way. So here’s the review and happy reading, should you purchase your own copy: 

This book is a true celebration of creative and practical ways in which people have woven nature into their lives, work and communities. It is packed full of examples of what ordinary people can do. Richard has done his research thoroughly, particularly in the US and UK to showcase everyday practice and ideas. He generously quotes people and organisations and provides links for further reading or website to find out more. It’s a directory of nature-based suggestions. As an educator, this book demonstrates that schools need not work in isolation to get children outside – we are part of a bigger picture. Through creating quality natural spaces in our homes, schools and communities we can improve the health and wellbeing of the whole population and that of other species with which we share the planet. A really useful and informative read.

In many ways, I feel Vitamin N is preparing the way for considering the link between nature and sustainability. We know we are part of nature and we need nature. So I would love to read more widely on this subject… please let me know if you have any recommendations.

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Sally Smith October 10, 2016 at 11:41

Juliet agree with the great ideas, connections etc. It did strike me that the book is for those with money……to travel somewhere, to use equipment, to buy the book and who can read etc. I would love to see a adaptation of vitamin N which is available in a more accessible format for a wider audience.


Juliet Robertson October 12, 2016 at 15:33

Hello Sally

Thanks for your thoughtful response. What sort of format were you thinking of? I’m curious to know. One aspect of Richard Louv’s work is that of the Children and Nature Network – this has a lot of material freely available and operates over a range of social media sites.


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