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We present a selection of our reviews covering significant, groundbreaking books and films that are often ignored by the mainstream media. The reviews include those that have been published in the magazine and additional reviews that for reasons of space we were unable to publish in the magazine.

Reviews from the past year are shown below. Older reviews are listed separately. Reviews can also be located through our article archive search facility.

Latest Reviews

Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve by Ian Morris

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Reviews > Slashing, Burning, Learning?

Green Parties, Green Future: From Local Government to the International Stage by Per Gahrton

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Web Exclusives > Review > The Coming of the Greens

Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World by William Ayot

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Reviews > Rites to Touch the Sacred

Shakespeare and Ecology: Shakespeare and Ecology by Horatio Morpurgo

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Reviews > One Touch of Nature

The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination by Richard Mabey

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Reviews > Putting Plants in their Proper Place

The Man Who Made Things out of Trees: The Man Who Made Things out of Trees by Robert Penn

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Reviews > Going With the Grain

The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts by Edmund de Waal

Issue 296 • May/June 2016 > Reviews > Feats of Clay

Reviews from the past year

60 Degrees North: Around the World In Search of Home by Malachy Tallack

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Reviews > The Lonely Traveller

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Heart of the Planet We Made by Gaia Vince

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > End of An Epoch?

Antiquarian Remains of Jharkhand by Bulu Imam

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Web Exclusives > Review > Testament to the Past

Betrand Russell: A Pacifist At War by Nicholas Griffin

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > A Passion For Peace

Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet by Gernot Wagner & Martin L Weitzman

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Reviews > Camels In Canada

Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore by Patrick Barkham

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Where Two Worlds Meet

Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up by Ken Robinson

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Reviews > Creativity From the Ground Up

David Tress by Andrew Lambirth

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Web Exclusives > Review > The Triumph of Art

Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Dead Reckoning

Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination by Greg Garrett

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Dead Reckoning

Degrowth : A vocabulary for a New Era by Giacomo D'Alisa, Federico Demaria & Giorgos Kallis (eds)

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > Words to Change the World

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder by Chad Wrigglesworth (ed)

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > A Convivial Conversation

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic Thirty by Ben Stewart

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Provoking Putin

Ecozoa by Helen Moore

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > An Ecozoic Imagination

Field Notes from the Edge: Journeys through Britain's Secret Wilderness by Paul Evans

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Reviews > Poised Between Love and Fear

Galileo and the Art of Ageing Mindfully: Wisdom from the Night Skies by Adam Ford

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Reviews > Look to the Stars

Honourable Friends? : Parliament and the Fight for Change by Caroline Lucas

Issue 291 • July/August 2015 > Reviews > Friends in Strange Places

John Muir: The Scotsman Who Saved America's Wild Places by Mary Colwell

Issue 291 • July/August 2015 > Reviews > A Voice for the Wilderness

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > Words of Wonder

Mary Barratt: Poems & Paintings by Krystyna Szulecka

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > The Pearl of Great Price

More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First by Steve Hilton

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Reviews > Capitalism With A Conscience

My Hermitage: How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars and Revolutions to Become the Greatest Museum in the World by Mikhail Piotrovsky

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > The Museum as Encyclopaedia

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet : Valuing the Planet by Dieter Helm

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > The Price of Everything

Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Being Right Here, Right Now

Pathlands: 21 Tranquil Walks among the Villages of Britain by Peter Owen Jones

Issue 291 • July/August 2015 > Reviews > Meditation on the Move

Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World that Works by Scilla Elworthy

Issue 291 • July/August 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > A Directed Change of Consciousness

Plankton: Wonders of a Drifting World by Christian Sardet

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > Get the Drift

Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies by Peter Marren

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Reviews > Souls With Wings

Rainbow Warriors: Legendary Stories from Greenpeace Ships by Maite Mompó

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > Sailing To Save The Planet

Realizing Hope: Life Beyond Capitalism by Michael Albert

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > Four Steps To Hope

Rising Ground: A Search for Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > In Search of Place

Sacred Seed by Vandana Shiva et al

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > Grains of Truth

Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service by Alastair McIntosh & Matt Carmichael

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Reviews > A Primer For Activism

Sugar by Ben Richardson

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > The Sweet Taste of Excess

The Anthropocene: The Human Era and How it Shapes Our Planet by Christian Schwägerl

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > End of An Epoch?

The Buddha on Wall Street: What's Wrong with Capitalism and What We Can Do about It by Vaddhaka Linn

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > There Are Alternatives

The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins by Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > Sea Creatures, Sea Cultures?

The Globalization of Inequality by Francois Bourguignon

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Coming Together, Drifting Apart

The High Oak: A Journey across Dartmoor by Jamie Grant et al

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > At The Edge Of Our Imagination

The Illusion of Separation: Exploring the Cause of our Current Crises by Giles Hutchins

Issue 291 • July/August 2015 > Reviews > Illusions of History

The Living Goddess: A Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu by Isabella Tree

Issue 290 • May/June 2015 > Reviews > A Divine Child, A Dynastic Massacre

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer

Issue 294 • January/February 2016 > Reviews > Getting Better At Doing Good

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Reviews > The Power and Beauty of Joy

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton

Issue 295 • March/April 2016 > Reviews > Take Care, Not Control, of Our Planet

The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha's Daughters by Christine Toomey

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Reviews > A Search for the Life of Meaning

Toms River by Dan Fagin

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > Toxic Legacies

What Nature Does for Britain by Tony Juniper

Issue 292 • September/October 2015 > Reviews > The Price of Everything

Why Are We Waiting? : The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change by Nicholas Stern

Issue 293 • November/December 2015 > Reviews > Stern Words and Vision

Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford

Issue 291 • July/August 2015 > Reviews > From Despair to Reconciliation

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