Blog Tour Review: The Cactus Surgeon by Hannah Powell


Living in London, Hannah suffered burnout and was diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder. With no information available to help her, she found her own way to get better.

Growing up in a garden centre, her childhood was full of nature and plants. This was in stark contrast to the concrete of the capital, where she became unwell. In searching for the answers to her illness, she wonders whether being torn from her pot and replanted in a more hostile environment was the reason her body started to malfunction.

After seeking out alternative therapies, and moving to the countryside of North Essex, her ‘green recovery’ continued.

It’s a book of mindful moments, savouring the small wonders of nature.

About The Author

Hannah Powell (née Bourne) is Communications and HR Director for the Perrywood Garden Centres she runs with her dad and two brothers. When she was six years old, she wanted to be a cactus surgeon.

Before coming back into the family business, she had a successful career in PR and marketing, running high-profile campaigns for clients, including Barclaycard and Domino’s Pizza. She was part of the team that launched Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual campaign to encourage young people to set up businesses worldwide.

She now lives in North Essex with her husband, daughter and many plants.

My Thoughts

Thank you to the lovely Anne at Random Things Tours for organising this blog tour and to the author, Hannah Powell, for sending me a copy of the book with a request for an honest review – and here it is!

What drew me to The Cactus Surgeon was the premise that there are so many holistic therapies we can use to improve our wellbeing and I was interested to see how plants can do that. The Cactus Surgeon, rather than being a self-help book or a medical journal, was more of a reflective memoir of the author’s life around plants and how getting closer to nature enabled her to embrace life.

The book was engagingly written and I enjoyed getting to know Hannah and her love of plants. I didn’t really take much away for myself apart from I need to tend my neglected garden when the weather gets better; nonetheless, I found it hard to put down.

What I loved most about the book was the images used throughout. Taken by Hannah on her phone during lockdown, the images were stunning and brought together the message of the book.

If you are interested in the power of nature on wellbeing, I would definitely recommend The Cactus Surgeon to you!

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