Walking into Alchemy:
by Amelia Marriette
The Transformative Power of Nature
"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...." Stepping out with Kaz, 5* Review, Goodreads.
"Walking into Alchemy is such a wonderful mix of information. It’s not only about walking, but there are so many links with literature and history, and life as Amelia shares her wide knowledge and experience.
I highly recommend this.”
One Million Women Walking Founder Heather Waring.
Walking into Alchemy
Walking into Alchemy 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. Walking into Alchemy is now on the top 200 books in the "Fitness through Walking" category.
Where to Buy
Walking into Alchemy
You will receive a deluxe edition with 53 colour photographs if you order from me. It is a super good-looking book - I take no credit for this. My publisher did a brilliant job! It's more expensive than Print on Demand (POD) 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.
But, I hope you are tempted to buy from me; I would honestly rather sell 100 books directly than 1,000 through Amazon because I am a writer who likes to feel connected. In his book Howards End, E.M. Forster chose the two-word tagline for his novel, "only connect." I think, as two-word taglines go, that's pretty profound. I receive letters, emails and messages from my readers from all over the world. That makes the loneliness of writing worthwhile.
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Do you live in Austria?
You can buy special full-colour edition of
Walking into Alchemy in Wolfsberg, Vienna and Salzburg
Kärntner Buchandlung, Wolfsberg
Shakespeare & Company Booksellers, 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
I never thought it'd be possible to enjoy such a simple book as this one, but I did. It's quite impressive how a book with such a simple concept — one woman walking the same path 52 times — could bring you joy, but in a world such as ours, when we're always busy and running from one thing to the next, it has —, and it does.
Bernadette Giacomazzo Author of 5 books - Apr 09, 2023
It was amazing! Discovered this book quite by accident, although I have a keen interest in history, walking, travel, the Alps and Austria, so this was an absorbing read. Felt I was being personally guided through the seasons by a clear & engaging voice that is vulnerable and curious about the nature of the journey undertaken. Since bought it twice over for friends as gifts. Highly recommend.
P. Friel - Jan 05, 2023
I started walking last year and felt so much better for it and reading this book has inspired me to start again. 'Walking into Alchemy' is a personal story of rediscovery and personal growth that would resonate with most people. Life gets the better of us all sometimes, but we persevere, and sometimes the darkest moments lead us to beautiful destinations. This is a story of realisation and new beginnings. I loved reading Marriette’s journey. I felt I was with her all the way. A motivational humble, and immersive read - loved it!
Hannah - @hanupnorth, 8th May 2022
Amelia Marriette’s book ‘Walking into Alchemy’ is one to savour and delay finishing too soon. Each walk is an outward and inward journey of emotional and physical transformation that can’t help but transform the reader as well. Amelia’s use of history, botany, the weather, and thought is delivered in a style that makes her words seem like the paint on the end of a painter’s brush, forming images of a land and people through the focal of her soul. Both a travel book as well as a work of philosophy her book needs to be read by all of us who delight in walks of nature as well as the mind. I highly recommend her book for anyone on life’s journey.”
Paul Evers, Fiji, Author and Arborist, 6th December 2021
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, Austria, 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, UK, 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, USA, 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, Austria, 12 May 2020
beautifully illustrates a journey both physically and mentally … written with honesty... and, of course, love.
Helen Trankle, UK, 5 May 2020
a gently transformative book … solace for your soul … I heartily endorse this book … thoughtful, considered and eloquent.
Jacquie Walters, New Zealand, 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, UK, 16 Feb 2020
having now finished this beautiful book I wished there was more! Forget “Eat, Pray, Love”, this is Walk, Discover, Grow.
Jackie, UK, 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, UK, 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, UK, 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, UK, 18th January 2021
wonderful … inspiring … deserves to be read.
Patrick Kincaid, UK, Author of The Continuity Girl, 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, UK, 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, UK, 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, UK, 23 Jan 2020
an inspirational read … Her references are accessible … an easy read full of information and enlightenment.
Am Pulford, UK, 16 Jan 2020
could not put it down - a must-read for anyone interested in relocation and new beginnings … really addictive read … inspiring.
The Mamahood, UK, 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, USA, 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, New Zealand, 10 Dec 2019