Meet Diana Beresford-Kroeger!

The Merrickville Book Emporium is proud to host Diana Beresford-Kroeger on Saturday, December 14th from 1pm to 4pm, when she will be signing copies of her new book, The Sweetness of a Simple Life.

One of the world’s preeminent scientists mixes wisdom, wonderment, and plenty of common sense in a back-to-basics guide for living simply and well.

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Orphaned at an early age, Diana Beresford-Kroeger was tutored by elderly relatives in Ireland in the Druidic tradition. She was taught the overlap between the arts and sciences, and the triad of body, mind and spirit—early teachings that formed the foundation for her unique approach to science and daily life. After pursuing a PhD. in medical biochemistry, Beresford-Kroeger set out on a personal quest to preserve the world’s forests for the sake of the natural world and ourselves.


The Sweetness of a Simple Life calls on Beresford-Kroeger’s clear-eyed understanding of science, and her knowledge of trees and healing plants. This warm and wise collection of essays ranges from the food we put in our mouths, to the kitchen we cook it in, to the gardens and cities we live in, and how to simplify, restore and make them all healthier. She tells us how to clean our homes and look after pets; how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from illness; and why we need to appreciate nature.

In her inimitable style, she effortlessly combines the latest scientific and medical research—including info on superbugs and phthalates—with practical knowledge, aboriginal wisdom, and her own powerful connection to the earth and trees. Beresford-Kroeger proves that making these changes does not have to be arduous or costly—readers can weave these tips into the fabric of their daily lives very frugally.

With a gentle but firm approach, and ample doses of humour, this extraordinary visionary shares her wisdom and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with simplicity and pleasure not far behind.