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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

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

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

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

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

David Tress by Andrew Lambirth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviews from the past year

A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > Feet First

A Rough Ride to the Future by James Lovelock

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > The Prophet of Gaia

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?

Betrand Russell: A Pacifist At War by Nicholas Griffin

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

Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet by Kerryn Higgs

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > The Growth Delusion

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

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

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 Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > Putting Our Heads in the Sand

Ecozoa by Helen Moore

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

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery & Isabel Oakeshott

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > Speaking Up For Fish and Bees

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

Grassroots Postmodernism : Remaking the Soil of Cultures by Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > When Promises of Progress Fail Us

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > Hawk on the Wild Side

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

Monuments by Jay Ramsay

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > The News Behind the News

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

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

Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy by Paul Dix and Pamela Fitzpatrick

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > Still Hoping, Still Suffering

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

Proteus and the Magician: The Letters of Henry Miller and John Cowper Powys by Jacqueline Peltier (ed)

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > Wise Old Codgers

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

Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond with Nature's Intelligence by David Fideler

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > A Question of a Good Story

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

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 Art of Mindful Baking by Julia Ponsonby

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > Returning the Heart to the Hearth

The Beautiful Risk of Education by Gert J J Biesta

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > Teach Yourself Wisdom

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 Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto by Gustavo Esteva, Salvatore Babones and Philpp Babcicky

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > When Promises of Progress Fail Us

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 Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy

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

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

The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > The Answer Lies in the Soil

The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis by Mick Collins

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Web Exclusives > Review > Doing - with consciousness

The Wisdom of Trees by Max Adams

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier

Issue 288 • January/February 2015 > Reviews > Shared Wealth Need Not Be Lost

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Issue 289 • March/April 2015 > Reviews > Pantomime, But No Laughing Matter

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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