Book reviews

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

Life at Walnut Tree Farm by Rufus Deakin

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > The House that Roger Built

Living Well at Others' Expense: The Hidden Cost of Western Prosperity by Stephan Lessenich

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > The Cost of Living Well

Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > The Next Evolutionary Step

Of Fish and Foe by Heike Bachelier & Andy Heathcote

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > On the Hook

One Planet Cities': Sustaining Humanity within Planetary Limits by David Thorpe

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > A Call to the Imagination

Organicity: Entropy or Evolution by David Dobereiner

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Web Exclusives > Review > A Different Understanding of Ourselves

Pilgrimage: A Journey to Love Island by Jay Ramsay

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Web Exclusives > Review > Steps In The Sand

Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking by Rachel Love Nuwer

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > Hunter and Hunted

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Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > A Bit of Banter Goes A Long Way

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie

Issue 317 • November/December 2019 > Reviews > The Bond of Memory

Reviews from the past year

A Bright Future: How Some Countries have Solved Climate Change : A Bright Future: How Some Countries have Solved Climate Change by Joshua S Goldstein and Staffan A Qvist

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Let's Get Political

A review of the 'All Hail Kale' podcast by Tonic Productions

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > Happiness . . . it's a Gut Feeling

Becoming Animal by Huw Wahl

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > Where Human and Animal Meet

Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality by Melissa Bruntlett & Chris Brunlett

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > Power to the Pedal Pushers

Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith by Lynne Wycherley

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > Tracing A Green Grace

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > The Medium is the Message

Dear John: The Road to Pelindaba by Satish Kumar

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > An Unexpected Life Story

Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture by Sara Melendro

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > From the Ground Up

Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire by Nathan K Hensley and Philip Steer

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Imagining A Future In Retrospect

Education for Sustainability through Internationalisation by Neera Handa

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Web Exclusives > Review > To teach well, we must learn from each other 

Elegant Simplicity: The Art of Living Well by Satish Kumar

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > Why We Should Make Life Simple

England: Poems from a School by Kate Clanchy (ed)

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > Connecting Words

Environmental Pollution in China: What Everyone Needs to Know by Daniel K Gardner

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > An 'Ecological Civilisation'

Extraordinary Insects: Weird. Wonderful. Indispensable. The Ones Who Run Our World by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Smashing the Museum Glass

Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish by Bob Gilbert

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > London's Ghosts: Past, Present and Future

Given Half a Chance: Ten Ways to Save the World by Edward Davey

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Let's Get Political

How to See Nature by Paul Evans

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Web Exclusives > Review > Seeing Nature in a New Light

Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair by Gary Paul Nabhan

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > Roots of Love

Outrage and Optimism by Global Optimism

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Impossible Is Not a Fact: It is an Attitude

Permaculture Design Companion: A Practical Workbook for Integrating People and Place by Jasmine Dale

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > Permaculture From the Heart

Sharkwater Extinction by Robert Stewart

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > A Hero's Legacy

Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution by John Feldman

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > We Are Ecosystems

The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us by Adam Rutherford

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > Animals Who Act Like Gods

The Bright Sessions by Lauren Shippen

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > The Power of Vulnerability

The Children's Fire: Heart Songs of a People by Mac Macartney

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > Firing the Imagination

The Ecology of Hedgerows and Field Margins by John W Dover (ed)

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Reconnecting the Landscape

The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of Everyday by Sharon Blackie

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > Finding 'extra' in ordinary

The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > The Final Final Countdown

The Garden Jungle: Or Gardening to Save the Planet by David Goulson

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Growing Gains

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St Clair

Issue 313 • March/April 2019 > Reviews > Material World

The Land of the Brighton Line: A Field Guide to the Middle Sussex and South East Surrey Weald by David Bangs

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > Tools to Heal the Weald

The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Jane MacNamee

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > Living In the Shadow of Winter

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World by Peter Frankopan

Issue 314 • May/June 2019 > Reviews > An 'Ecological Civilisation'

The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation by Alex Dehgan

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > Birdwatching With The Taliban

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David Wallace-Wells

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > Waking Up To Future Earth

The White Silhouette by James Harper

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Web Exclusives > Review > What Faith Means

The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary by Emma Mitchell

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > High and Low Seasons

The Wonderful Mr Willughby: The First True Ornithologist by Michael McCarthy

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > Order Out of Chaos

The World Made Otherwise: Sustaining Humanity in a Threatened World by Timonthy J Gorringe

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > Where We Can Go From Here

This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook by Extinction Rebellion

Issue 316 • September/October 2019 > Reviews > A Handbook for Rebellion

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > Future Fossils

Wackersdforf by Horatio Morpurgo

Issue 312 • January/February 2019 > Reviews > Nuclear Reactor

ZEDlife: How to Build a Low-Carbon Society Today by Bill Dunster

Issue 315 • July/August 2019 > Reviews > Home Truths

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