Not just a cookbook but stories too from the crew of Sea Shepherd’s former flagship, Steve Irwin, as they scour the Antarctic Ocean searching for the Japanese whaling fleet. The beating heart of every ship is the galley and chief cook Laura Dakin gives us a unique glimpse into the world of activists working in one of the most extreme environments on Earth. Laura’s day begins at 6am watching the sunrise from the ship’s rails as the ovens warm. Feeding the 50 hungry crew members is a responsibility Laura doesn’t take lightly and she shares with us the eclectic collection of quirky recipes they use to boost morale, such as Radical French Toast, Oceangoing Onion Pie and Wicked Wine-Soaked Mushrooms. Alongside practical tips for making the perfect bread, are beautiful photographs of the food as well as action shots of the ship, interspersed with stories of wildlife watching and the dangers of confronting whaling vessels on the high seas.

 

This hopeful book celebrates what happens when we step aside and let nature repair the damage. Whether it is the overfishing of bluefin tuna across the Atlantic, the destruction of coral gardens by dredgers in Lyme Bay or the restoration of oysters on the East Coast of America, Charles Clover chronicles how determined individuals are proving that the crisis in our oceans can be reversed, with benefits for both local communities and entire ecosystems.

Trawling and dredging create more CO2 than the aviation industry, damaging vast areas of our continental shelves and preventing them them from soaking up carbon. Glover explains how we need to fish in different ways, if we fish at all. Rewilding the Sea gives us a positive vision of how we can mitigate climate change and restore the biodiversity in our oceans.

 

In this engaging book, the reader takes flight through the lives of ten species of seabird. Nicloson translates data and findings from the latest scientific research into compelling stories, combining them with intimate portraits gleaned from the thousands of hours he has spent absorbed in the lives of these astonishing seabirds. They are master navigators, thriving in the most spectacular and demanding environments on the planet. Nicolson’s prose let’s you feel the lift of the wind as the birds smell and forage their way across the breadth of the oceans.

The Seabird’s Cry is a celebration of the only creatures at home in the air, on land and on the sea. These birds see it all and the book carries a warning: extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of a seabird colony will this century become a memory.

 

A vast journey spanning the breadth, depths, past, present and future of the oceans from their evolution and science, to their exploration and exploitation. Woven through with mystery, wisdom and wonder, Deep Water explores humankind’s complex relationship with the oceans along with an uncompromising view of the environmental catastrophe unfolding, but it is also suffused with the glories of the ocean and alert to the extraordinary efforts of the scientists and researchers whose work helps us understand its secrets. Immense in scope but also profoundly personal, it offers vital new ways of understanding humanity’s place on our planet, and shows how the oceans might yet save us all. Compassionate and urgent, Bradley’s vivid writing brings the oceans alive and reminds us of what we are at risk of losing.

 

Author of the iconic Silent Spring, marine biologist Rachel Carson is at her lyrical best as she tells us the history of the oceans, from their creation to what she imagined their future might hold. Published over seventy years ago, The Sea Around Us remains one of the most influential books about the natural world and though written well before the theory of plate tectonics changed our understanding of the physical backdrop to the oceans, it is still a prophetic account, alerting readers to a future climate crisis and warning of the fragility and centrality of oceans and the life within them.

The Sea Around Us, is the second book in Carson’s sea trilogy, establishing her as a well-loved author who combines poetic prose with a scalpel-sharp scientific mind.

 

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 animals clashes with our willingness to consume their flesh. In doing so he challenges us to confront the uncomfortable truths that lie on our dinner plates and to grapple with the moral implications of our appetites – making this an essential read for anyone struggling with their conscience.

 

 

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 from his own experiences and extensive research, Safran Foer presents a compelling case for reconsidering our relationship with food and the creatures we consume, challenging readers to confront the uncomfortable truths of factory farming, and questioning the moral implications of our dietary choices. At the same time he charts the environmental devastation wrought by mass livestock production, highlighting the staggering ecological footprint of meat consumption, and he champions the farmers and activists striving to create a more compassionate and sustainable food system. Through their stories, he invites readers to imagine a future where ethical considerations guide our food choices, making Eating Animals not just a condemnation of factory farming but a call to action.

“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. Demonstrating multiple possible pathways to catalysing a commitment to climate action, it offers a creative alternative to reaching the “climate majority’ tipping point that we need.” – Jeremy Lent