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Doughnut Economics | Kate Raworth

Imagine two concentric circles, one inside the other: a social…
June 20, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Things We Didn’t See Coming | Steven Amsterdam

Opening on the eve of the millennium, when the world as we…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

The Sixth Extinction | Elizabeth Kolbert

In her ground-breaking and scientifically rigorous exploration…
June 7, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Things We Didn’t See Coming | Steven Amsterdam

Things We Didn’t See Coming follows a single man over three…
June 3, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Arctic Dreams | Barry Lopez

"In the Arctic, the land begins to dream itself. Barry Lopez…
June 7, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Clade | James Bradley

Clade is the story of one family in a radically changing world,…
June 3, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

The End of Nature | Bill McKibben

“The planet, for the first time, has been entirely reconfigured.…
June 9, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

The Windup Girl | Paolo Bacigalupi

The Windup Girl is the ground-breaking and visionary modern…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is the first book in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian…
March 27, 2023/by Katie

This Changes Everything | Naomi Klein

“It is always easier to deny reality” writes Naomi Klein,…
June 8, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

The Climate Book | Greta Thunberg

In this collection of essays, interspersed with Greta Thunberg’s…
June 7, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Active Hope | Joanna Macy

“Active hope is not wishful thinking….Active hope is…
June 7, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

The Ministry for the Future | Kim Stanley Robinson

Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organisation…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

Our Final Warning | Mark Lynas

Mark Lynas’ 2008 book Six Degrees soon became a must-read…
August 23, 2023/by Liz Jensen

The Lorax | Dr. Seuss

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing…
June 3, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

The Uninhabitable Earth | David Wallace-Wells

From its first line - “It is, worse, much worse, than you…
June 9, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

The Deluge | Stephen Markley

In the first decades of the 21st century, the world is convulsing,…
March 27, 2023/by Katie

The Sea and Summer | George Turner

Francis Conway is Swill - one of the 90% in the year 2041…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

The Future of Life | E.O. Wilson

“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless,”…
June 8, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Out Of Time | edited by Kate Simpson

If you compressed the whole of Earth’s history into a single…
March 27, 2023/by Katie

Silent Spring | Rachel Carson

Ever since its publication in 1962, Rachel Carson’s eloquent,…
June 9, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if people Mattered | E.F. Schumacher

When Schumacher’s original eco-bible was published in 1973,…
June 9, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Odds Against Tomorrow | Nathaniel Rich

New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor works on the…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

The Patterning Instinct | Jeremy Lent

Jeremy Lent’s iconic work, described by George Monbiot as…
June 9, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Flight Behaviour | Barbara Kingsolver

"The flames now appeared to lift from individual treetops…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

Bewilderment | Richard Powers

“Life is something we need to stop correcting…Every one…
June 3, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

THE GREAT DERANGEMENT | AMITAV GHOSH

 
In this searing indictment — that’s also an empowering…
February 6, 2024/by Liz Jensen

The Drowned World | JG Ballard

When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious…
February 7, 2023/by Katie

Doughnut Economics | Kate Raworth

In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies…
November 20, 2022/by Katie

Wild: An Elemental Journey | Jay Griffiths

Wildness, to the celebrated writer-activist Jay Griffiths,…
June 7, 2023/by Anne Enith Cooper

Watership Down | Richard Adams

This adventure novel about a small band of rabbits in southern…
May 29, 2023/by Katie

WALDEN | HENRY THOREAU

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,…
February 6, 2024/by Liz Jensen

The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck

 



First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s powerful…
August 22, 2023/by Liz Jensen