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

Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster by Paul Hoggett

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Out of The Comfort Zone

Emperors, Admirals & Chimney Sweepers: The Weird and Wonderful Names of Butterflies and Moths by Peter Marren

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Rejoice in Insects

Film Review: Swarm Season by Sarah Christman

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Migrations in Space

Free, Fair and Alice: The Insurgent Power of the Commons by David Bollier | Silke Helfrich

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > The Common Good

Global Hive: What the Bee Crisis Teaches Us about Building a Sustainable World by Horst Kornberger

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Ecolibrium

Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis by Jackie Morris

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Love Mail

The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat: A Rodent History of Australia by Tim Bonyhady

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Web Exclusives > Review > Of Rats and Men

The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Essence of Fox

This Land is Our Land by Jedediah Purdy

Issue 320 • May/June 2020 > Reviews > Reshaping The World

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 History of the World in 21 Women : A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Herstory, Not History

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

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

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

Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature by Brigit Strawbridge Howard

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Bee Inspired

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

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

Green and Prosperous Land: A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside by Dieter Helm

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Putting a Price on Nature

How to Save the World for Free by Natalie Fee

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Flying The Green Flag

Invasive Aliens: The Plants and Animals From Over There That Are Over Here by Dan Eatherley

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Going Native

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

Local Is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness: Steps to an Economics of Happiness by Helena Norberg-Hodge

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Interdependence is a Beautiful Thing

Mothers of Invention: a podcast by Mary Robinson by Mary Robinson

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Man-made Crisis, Feminist Solutions

Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob Dunn

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Your House is a Jungle

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

On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > There Is Nothing We Cannot Achieve

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

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

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

Sustainababble by

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

Sharkwater Extinction by Robert Stewart

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

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie

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

The Bright Sessions by Lauren Shippen

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

The Divided Brain by Manfred Becker

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Two Brains Are Better Than One

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 Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Food Futures

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

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

The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follett and Jackie Morris

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Celebrating 'Old Nature Writing'

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

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

The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod by Harry Beston

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Celebrating 'Old Nature Writing'

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 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

Thomas Berry: A Biography by

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > What is Good For the Meadow

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane

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

We Are The Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

Issue 318 • January/February 2020 > Reviews > Eating for a Cooler Planet

We Made a Wildflower Meadow by Yvette Verner

Issue 319 • March/April 2020 > Reviews > Leading the Field

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

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

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