Walking into Alchemy:
The Transformative Power of Nature
by Amelia Marriette
"From the moment I picked this book up, I was hooked. It has such depth, is rich with descriptions and is packed with information about Austria, birds and flowers. A fabulous turn-your-life-around-book...."
Kaz Pritchard, 5 * Goodreads.
""What strikes at first is the presentation, the way the book lies in the hand - the page layout, the colour photographs, aptly chosen and beautifully set out at the chapter heads. It is a success on many levels, astonishingly so when one considers it basically describes the same walk 52 times over."
Chris Fletcher, 5 * Goodreads.
About Walking into Alchemy
It is a love story; a nature story and a book about art, culture and the wider world. The love story led to my relocation to Austria. I was surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Carinthian region of Southern Austria. I sought repair and rejuvenation through the completion of fifty-two, thirteen-mile walks in the span of one calendar year. I was able to return myself to health by considering and reconsidering personal experiences, emotions, ideas and memories. As the weeks passed, I began to find my sense of place and my new path in life. I realised that I was walking into alchemy, mining for gold as I went. The book is about looking and seeing and about finding beauty in nature and life. If you want to start walking to regain your own health and happiness this book will be both a companion and a manual to help you become a walker for life.
Where to Buy
Walking into Alchemy
Buy Walking into Alchemy directly from the Author
My publisher created a beautiful book with more than 50 full-colour images; many people have commented on the quality. You can buy one of these special edtions here today safely and securely for £23.00 - €25.00 - including Free P&P in the UK and EU.
Use PROMO CODE WIA to get a 10% discount.
This edition is a superior product and is, therefore, a little more expensive than (POD) Print on Demand editions which have black and white images. You can order a POD copy from all independent bookshops or buy online from Amazon and other booksellers worldwide.
It's your choice - whatever you decide I hope that you really enjoy reading the book.
You can also buy a copy of my book as an E-book - PDF - in full colour directly from me using Paypal or Credit Card for only £3.99.
Do you live in Austria?
You can buy special full-colour edition of
Walking into Alchemy in Vienna and Salzburg
Shakespeare & Company in colour - Vienna
The English Center - Salzburg
Gscene Magazine, Brighton, January 2021, Reviewed by Eric Page
"Perhaps this is the book we all need after The Virus has left us bruised and learning that the simple act of walking in nature can give us the things we most need and desire."
International Amazon Review, Diana Sweeney, 20th February 2020
...like many of Shakespeare's characters, Marriette wanders into the forest and finds herself transformed having discovered that beauty and hope are still abundant in this damaged world."
Commenting on The Guardian Newspaper's suggestions for books to read during the COVID-19 lockdown - one reader said, "This book surpassed my expectations and is beautiful and inspiring in equal measure. A must-read from a new author with sublime storytelling and insight."
What people are saying about
Walking into Alchemy
(Please note that all my reviews are 100% genuine - I would never pay for a review)
Goodreads 5-star reviews
Amelia’s book offers an altogether new and fresh perspective on the region where I grew up. I find this to be fantastic and it’s also very important! Nature is there for everybody; it has the beauty and power to conquer a heart.
Lili, 20th October 2021
From the moment I picked this book up, I was hooked. It has such depth, is rich with descriptions and is packed with information about Austria, birds and flowers. A fabulous turn-your-life-around-book with poignant stop and think moments. Read it, because you won’t regret it.
Kaz Pritchard, 17th February 2021
I found Amelia through the Facebook page One Million Women Walking. It's a scary world right now, and Amelia's writing took me away from reading news and transported me to nature…a wonderful journal that records Amelia's walks, with great descriptions of what she sees and how the walking project in it and of itself was a transformative process.
Marian Pesala, 16th January 2021
refreshing and honest … had me amazed … courageous and inspiring …something for everyone … I‘m looking forward to reading more of her work.
Claudia Kronlechner, 12 May 2020
beautifully illustrates a journey both physically and mentally … written with honesty... and, of course, love.
Helen Trankle, 5 May 2020
a gently transformative book … solace for your soul … I heartily endorse this book … thoughtful, considered and eloquent.
Jacquie Walters, 7 March 2020
amazing …This book is an experience. Its pace and structure almost force you to take a breath, slow down and notice the world. … Highly recommended.
Kerry Carruthers, 16 Feb 2020
having now finished this beautiful book I wished there was more! Forget “Eat, Pray, Love”, this is Walk, Discover, Grow.
Jackie, 12 Jan 2020
delightful read and a Christmas present that I will cherish … Don't just read it yourself, buy a copy for a friend or someone you love.
Gillian A. Agopsowicz, 3 Jan 2020
hard to put down … a truly inspirational read … it shows us that there is hope, and that better things are around the corner, if we are willing to take chances.
Sharon Probert, 28 Dec 2019
Amazon 5-star reviews
It is a success on many levels, astonishingly so when one considers it basically describes the same walk 52 times over. How could that be anything but repetitive and dull? Well, Amelia has certainly cracked it with sensitive descriptions, attention to details which most people would never have noticed, and an easy style that keeps one reading.
Chris Fletcher, 18th January 2021
wonderful … inspiring … deserves to be read.
Patrick Kincaid, Author, 30 July 2020
a truly uplifting and engrossing read … inspirational … story of how she found love, moves country and finds peace by walking in the countryside every week for a year … love, healing and happiness. It even has pictures.
Clare Shepherd, 9 Feb 2020
inspiring … joyful … Could not put this book down. If you are stuck in a rut, lost, depressed, need guidance and ideas this is the book for you … beautifully demonstrates the power of walking and nature … A book to share with the ones you love.
Jack Sprat, 26 Jan 2020
what a lovely book! … motivation to start recovering/re-energising yourself … great writing - then this is the book for you.
Solitaire Townsend, 23 Jan 2020
an inspirational read … Her references are accessible … an easy read full of information and enlightenment.
Am Pulford, 16 Jan 2020
could not put down - a must read for anyone interested in relocation and new beginnings … really addictive read … inspiring.
The Mamahood, 30 Dec 2019
Walking into a new future … What a wonderful book … a book I will come back to again and again.
27 Dec 2019, Kindle Customer
Read, reflect and enjoy! … well written … wonderful tales of nature, fulfilment, change and spiritual awakening … you become immersed in a delightful new world, away from it all.
AM, 10 Dec 2019
Do you belong to a Book Club?
If you would like me to come and speak to your book club please do feel free to contact me. Or why not book a free Zoom session?
I offer a range of talks based on Walking into Alchemy: Walking and Nature; Walking and Literature; Walking and Art, Walking and Music; Walking for Health and Wellbeing; Spiritual Alchemy; Austria and Repatriation after the Second World War - all these topics and more are covered in the book.