Writing this book was a hugely enjoyable journey of discovery that helped me realise that convenience is something we often confuse with simplicity, but it robs us of things - skills, small achievements - that bring deep and lasting contentment.
If there is one thing that most of us aspire to, it is, simply, to be happy. And yet attaining happiness has become, it appears, anything but simple.
Kate Humble’s fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring – and will help us all find balance and happiness every day.
An enticing read that makes every walk Humble describes an adventure.
Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate’s inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout.
As she explores the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate’s reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.
One mild February day in 2013, in the Welsh village of Devauden, Kate Humble unexpectedly fell in love. With a ginger and white Welsh sheepdog puppy.
A Friend for Life is Kate’s heart warming exploration of the relationship between man and his best friend.
This animal, which lives alongside five hundred million of us all over the world – as an invaluable partner and a trusted confidant – presents us with one great unsolved mystery: how did this relationship – the most complex and enduring of any between human and animal – start in the first place?
You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by Kate's enthusiasm for her new way of life
After twenty years of living in London, Kate Humble and her husband Ludo left the city for a Welsh smallholding, then Kate hears that a nearby farm is to be broken up and sold off. Desperate to stop the sale, Kate contacts the council with an alternative plan – to keep the farm working and to run a rural skills and animal husbandry school alongside it. Against all odds, she succeeds.
Humble By Nature is the story of two people prepared to follow their hearts and save a small part of Britain’s farming heritage, whatever the consequences.
This is an excellent little book for anyone who's recently started birdwatching or who wants to broaden their horizons beyond the back garden
If you share Kate’s interest in birds you’ll love her book Watching Waterbirds.
Watching Waterbirds introduces some 75 species of wetland birds through Kate’s eyes. As she freely admits, Kate is still learning her birds, so she contacted Martin McGill of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to act as her guide. Their birdwatching sessions together form the basis of this book.
Learn with Kate as she discovers how to tell the difference between a Canada Goose and a Barnacle Goose, which ducks dive and which ducks dabble, and how to tell apart those little brown jobs that warble from the reedbeds. The effect is not dissimilar to the Last Chance to See series, in which Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry scour the world for endangered species. The difference between Canada Geese and Barnacle Geese? Just remember that the C-anada goose has a C-hin-strap. The Teal is the Ziggy Stardust of the duck world, while the Shoveler feeds as though it’s dropped its contact lenses.
Each species takes up approximately two pages, complete with photographs and illustrations to bring out the key identification and behavioural points. The birds are divided into simply titled groups – large waddling birds, little brown jobs, and so on. Other chapters in the book cover topics such as basic equipment, clothing, hide etiquette and more.