Entries by Liz Jensen

Of Cattle and Men | Ana Paula Maia

  Ana Paula Maria’s 99-page work, translated from Portuguese by Zoe Perry, won the 2024 Republic of Consciousness Prize. Described by judge by the judges as “both a tightly focused, utterly gripping human story and a devastating universal parable for our times” and “a gut-punch of a novel”, the action is set in a slaughterhouse […]

The Meat Paradox |Rob Percival

  In our past as hunter-gatherers, we were predators. But in an agricultural age, our relationship to the animals we kill for their meat has undergone a slow but radical transformation. In his unflinching study of how this shift plays out in the modern psyche, Rob Percival explores how our capacity to empathise with suffering […]

Eating Animals | Jonathan Safran Foer

    Safran Foer’s hard-hitting yet deeply personal examination of the meat industry in the USA explores the brutal landscape of modern food production. Driven to dig deeper into his own ethical and environmental dilemmas, Foer dismantles the facades of the meat industry, exposing the ugly realities that lurk behind the neatly packaged cuts. Drawing […]

THE CLIMATE MAJORITY PROJECT | Rupert Read, Liam Kavanagh, Rosie Bell

“The only realistic hope for a turnaround in our civilization’s disastrous trajectory is for a critical mass of ordinary citizens to push for the deep changes required. This important book offers a thought-provoking new strategy to engage segments of the population who would never normally consider themselves activists in the struggle for a positive future. […]

BEYOND THE BRINK IS THE BEGINNING | RICHARD WAIN

  “Wain’s poetry collection is full of sharply-crafted insights into the world we have, and the ways we might open our doors to something different that we’d be proud to leave to the generations that come after us – which is the living definition of Thrutopian writing. We build the worlds we want to see, […]

THE MARS HOUSE | NATASHA PULLEY

    “Hands down, Natasha Pulley is one of the greatest writers of our generation.  If the human race survives beyond this crisis point, I fully expect our descendants to look back on her entire body of work as little short of genius. Her shaping of language, of character and the clarity and skill of […]

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NOTES FROM THE BURNING AGE | CLAIRE NORTH

  Claire North started writing when she was 14 years old.  This doesn’t guarantee that she’s a writing genius – but actually, she is. Notes from the Burning Age is set in a post-apocalyptic future where The Burning Age is a time remembered with great fear: humanity pushed too hard and the spirits of the earth, […]

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LOSING EDEN | LUCY JONES

Part of Lucy Jones’ genius lies in her instinctive, incisive grasp of our animal natures, and in this luminous exploration of Homo Sapiens’ physical and mental needs, she charts how much of civilization has become dislocated from the natural world. Our minds and bodies need the lavish abundance of the wild, Jones argues. And if […]