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

Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity by Michel P Pimbert

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > There is Another Way

Is Racism an Environmental Threat? by Ghassan Hage

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > Nature, Race and an Idea of Home

Matter & Desire: An Erotic Ecology by Andreas Webber

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > The Biological Power of Love

Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity by Sandra Postel

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > Hope For A Watershed Moment

Science and Spiritual Practices by Rupert Sheldrake

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > The Science Behind Spirituality?

The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without Water by Scilla Elworthy

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > A Costed Plan for Peace

Voices For Peace: War, Resistance and America's Quest for Full-Spectrum Dominance: War, Resistance and America's Quest for Full-Spectrum Dominance by TJ Coles

Issue 308 • May/June 2018 > Reviews > War and Order

Reviews from the past year

A Dance with Hermes by Lindsay Clarke

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Web Exclusives > Review > The Trickster

A rich selection of books on topics as diverse as futurology, Nature writing, politics and poetry by Various Authors

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > Books of the Year

Adam Curle: Radical Peacemaker by Tom Woodhouse & John Paul Lederach (eds)

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Reviews > A Pioneering Professor For Peace

Among the Summer Snows by Christopher Nicholson

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > A Touch of Winter in August

As in the Heart, So in the Earth: Reversing the Desertification of the Soul and the Soil by Pierre Rabhi

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Web Exclusives > Article > A Parable For Modern Life

Awake : A Dream From Standing Rock by Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > Joining Hands at Standing Rock

Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling by Carlton Reid

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > Pedalling on a Bumpy Road

Chagos: History – Exploration, Exploitation, Expulsion by Nigel Wenban-Smith and Marina Carter

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Web Exclusives > Review > Cast Away

Chickenizing Farms & Food: Chickenizing Farms & Food: How Industrial Meat Production Endangers Workers, Animals, and Consumers by Ellen K Silbergeld

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > The True Cost of a Cheap Meal

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > In the Ending Are the Words

Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming by Benjamin R Barber

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Within City Limits

Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology by Susan Richardon & James Roberts (eds)

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Web Exclusives > Review > Tides of Thought and Feeling

Existence: A Story by David Hinton

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > Landscape With A Vision

Eye for Detail: Images of Plants and Animals in Art and Science 1500-1630 by Florike Egmond

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Up Close and Beautiful

Farming, Fascism and Ecology: A Life of Jorian Jenks by Philip M Coupland

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > On the Dark Side of the Land

Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope by Maddy Harland

Issue 307 • March/April 2018 > Reviews > A Nourishing Read

From Global to Local: the Making of Things and the End of Globalization by Finbarr Livesey

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > A 3D Future is Missing a Dimension

From the Deep Well : The Diaries of Pratale Farm by Etain Addey

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > Digging In

Generation Zapped by Sabine El Gemayel

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > A CALL FOR SCREEN PROTECTION

Greenpeace Captain: Bizarre Wanderings on the Rainbow Warrior by Peter Wilcox

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Reviews > Making Waves

How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today by Ed Mayo

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > Collector of Hope

Human Scale Revisited : A New Look at the Classic Case for a Decentralist Future by Kirkpatrick Sale

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > Still Thinking Small

Humankind: Solidarity with Non-human people by Timothy Morton

Issue 307 • March/April 2018 > Reviews > Planetary Communism

Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature by Jairam Ramesh

Issue 307 • March/April 2018 > Reviews > A Premier and A Conservationist

Islander : A Journey Around Our Archipelago by Patrick Barkham

Issue 307 • March/April 2018 > Reviews > Worlds Unto Themselves

Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey by Madeleine Bunting

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > Living on the Edge

Missed Information: Better Information for Building a Wealthier, More Sustainable Future by David Sarokin | Jay Schulkin

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > The Facts That Matter

Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-growth Forests by Joan Maloof

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Branching Out

No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Playing The Trump Card

Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain by Peter Fiennes

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Branching Out

Oaks and the Apennines: Truffle Cultivation, Heritage Foods, Sustainability and Well-Being in Italy by Tamara J Griffiths

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Digging for Black Gold

Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis by George Monbiot

Issue 307 • March/April 2018 > Reviews > The Alternative? We Need New Stories

Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat by Barbara J King

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > Sins and Omissions of the Flesh

Progressive Protectionism: Taking Back Control by Colin Hines

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Reviews > Trading Places

Religion and Sustainable Agriculture: World Spiritual Traditions and Food Ethics by Todd LeVasseur, Pramod Parajuli, Norman Wirzba (eds)

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > Keeping Faith In Farming

Remarkable Birds by Michael McCarthy

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > Beauty on the Wing

Risingtidefallenstar by Philip Hoare

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > Drawn by the Wind and the Waves

Senses of Mystery: Engaging with Nature and the Meaning of Life: Engaging with Nature and the Meaning of Life by David E Cooper

Issue 306 • January/February 2018 > Reviews > Beyond Words

Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L Friedman

Issue 304 • September/October 2017 > Reviews > Time To Take Stock

The Great Climate Robbery: How the Food System Drives Climate Change and What We Can Do about It by Henk Hobbelink

Issue 303 • July/August 2017 > Reviews > Our Food is Cooking the Planet

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Reviews > Wanted: A True Climate Fiction

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane | Jacki Morris

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Casting Nature's Spells

The Songs of the Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors by Haskell David George

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Branching Out

The Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Means Cheap Power for All by Chris Goodall

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Web Exclusives > Review > A Shiny Green Future

The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Reviews > A Prophet In His Own Place

Water in Plain Sight Hope for a Thirsty World by Judith D Schwartz

Issue 302 • May/June 2017 > Reviews > Down To The Last Drop

Where the Wild Winds Are: Walking Europe's Winds from the Pennines to Provence by Nick Hunt

Issue 305 • November/December 2017 > Reviews > Under Pressure

Youth Unemployment by Tish Murtha

Issue 307 • March/April 2018 > Reviews > A Visual Tale of Society, Politics and Prophecy

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