Book Reviews

James Bradley. Deep Water: The world in the Ocean. Scribe, 2024.

Laura Cumming. Thunderclap: A memoir of art and life and death. Vintage 2024

Kate Rigby. Meditations on Creation in an Era of Extinction. Orbis Books, 2023

Amitav Ghosh. Smoke and Ashes: Opium's hidden histories. John Murray, 2024.

Freya Mathews. The Tao of Civilization: A letter to China. Anthem Press, 2023

Hugh Brody, Landscapes of Silence: From childhood to the Arctic. Faber, 2022

Vick, Chris. The Last Whale. Zephyr, 2023

Hinton, David. Wild Mind, Wild Earth: Our place in the Sixth Extinction. Shambhala, 2022

Lopez, Barry. Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World: Essays. (Random House, 2022)

Eklöf, Johan, The Darkness Manifesto: How light pollution threatens the ancient rhythms of life. Trans Elizabeth DeNoma. The Bodley Head, 2022.

Amitav Ghosh, Jungle Nama: A story of the Sundarban,  illuminated by Salman Toor (John Murray, 2021).

Amitav Ghosh, The Living Mountain: A fable for our times, illustrated by Devangana Dash (Fourth estate, 2022).

Gavin van Horn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, John Hausdoerffer (eds.) Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations (Volumes 1–5). Center for Humans and Nature, 2021

David Graeber and David Wengrow. The Dawn of Everything. Allen Lane

Jane Riddiford. Learning to Lead Together. Routledge 2021

Martin Shaw. Smoke Hole. Chelsea Green, 2021

Elizabeth Kolbert. Under a White Sky: The nature of the future. Bodley Head, 2021

Horatio Clare. Heavy Light: A Journey through Madness, Mania and Healing. Chatto and Windus, 2021

Kerri ní Dochartaigh. Thin Places. Canongate 2021

Ann Lingard. The Fresh and the Salt. Birlinn, 2020

James Crowden. The Frozen River: Seeking silence in the Himalaya. William Collins, 2020

Ann Lingard. The Fresh and the Salt: The story of the Solway, Birlinn, 2020

Kaza, Stephanie, ed. A Wild Love for the World. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2020.

Tamás, Rebecca. (2020). Strangers; Essays on the Human and Nonhuman. London: Makina Books.

McIntosh, Alastair. (2020). Riders on the Storm: The climate crisis and the survival of being. Edinburgh: Berlinn.

Sheldrake, Merlin. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. London: Random House, 2020.

Salami, Minna. Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone. New York and London: Harper Collins and Zed Books, 2020.

Farrier, David. Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils. London: 4th Estate, 2020.

Thomas Berry: A Biography. Tucker, Mary Evelyn, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal. Thomas Berry: A Biography. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019. Paradigm Explorer (Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network) No 132:49-50

The Birds They Sang: Birds and People in Life and Art by Stanisław Łubieński, translated from Polish by Bill Johnston, The Westbourne Press, April 2020.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Penguin 2020

Red Sixty Seven Curated by Kit Jewitt, British Trust for Ornithology, 2020.

Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness by Philip Goff. Shiny New Books (2019). A short version of this review was published in Paradigm Explorer (Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network) No 132:55-56

The Summer Isles, by Philip Marsden. Shiny New Books (2019)

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie. Shiny New Books (2019).

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World by Marcia Bjornerud." Shiny New Books (2019).

The Frayed Atlantic Edge by David Gange. Shiny New Books (2019).

This Is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook. Shiny New Books (2019).

Horizon by Barry Lopez. Review in Shiny New Books 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. Shiny New Books 2019

Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky. Saskatchewan: University of Regina Press, 2018.

The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare Shiny New Books 2019

How to Change your Mind by Michael Pollan Shiny New Books 2018

The Home Place by Drew Lanham. Resurgence & Ecologist, No 310 Sept/Oct (2018):58-59

The Overstory by Richard Powers. Review with Shiny New Books 2018

Our Place: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife Before It's Too Late? by Mark Cocker. Review with Shiny New Books (2018).

Matter and Desire by Andreas Weber. Resurgence & Ecologist, No 298 May/June (2018):56-57

Owl Sense by Miriam Darlington. Shiny New Books February 2018

The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson. Review for Shiny New Books 2017

Beyond Words: Review, Sense of Mystery: Engaging with Nature and the Meaning of Life, by David Cooper. Resurgence & Ecologist No. 306 January/February (2017): 64-64.

The Lost Words by Macfarlane, Robert and Jackie Morris. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2017. Shiny New Books

Under Pressure. Review: Where the Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt. Resurgence & Ecologist, No. 305 November/December (2017): 63.

Defiant Earth: The fate of humans in the AnthropoceneHamilton, Clive. Cambridge: Polity Press.(2017). A longer version of this review can be found here

Landscape with a Vision. Review, Existence, by David Hinton. Resurgence & Ecologist, No. 304 September/October (2017): 62-63.

Review: The Ocean is Alive, by Glenn Edney. EarthLines, No 16, p.73

Music and the Recovery of Soul. Review: Experiencing Music – Restoring the Spiritual; Music as Well-Being." Resurgence & Ecologist No. 292, (2016): 58-59.

Review: Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince. EarthLines, No. 14 (2016): 73-74.

Poised between fear and love: Review, Field Notes from the Edge: Journeys through Britain's secret wilderness by Paul Evans. Resurgence, 293, 60-61.

A Convivial Conversation. Review, Distant Neighbours: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder. Resurgence & Ecologist No 290, (2015): 61.

Out of the Wood... Peter Reason visits the studios of sister artists Sarah and Anna Gillepsie. Resurgence No. 274, September/October 2012, pp37-37

Exploring the Global Self. Review of Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to the Ecological Crisis. The Ecologist Website.

Christie, D. E. (2013). The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a contemplative ecology. New York: Oxford University Press. Resurgence & Ecologist, No. 281, (2013): 60-61. A longer unpublished version of this review is here

Wonder will Guide usThe Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation by Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker. Yale University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780300171907. The DVD is available from

A Commonwealth of VirtueHere on Earth: A New Beginning by Tim Flannery. Allen Lane, 2011, ISBN: 9781846143960.

The late great Thomas Berry’s vision of being humanThe Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth by Thomas Berry. Orbis Books, 2009. ISBN: 9781570758515 The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Berry. Columbia University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780231149525

Earth as Sacred CommunityEvening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community. Thomas Berry, Sierra Club Books, USA. Video of talk at Earth is Community: A Celebration of the Life and Path of Thomas Berry

A Creative UnfoldingThe Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies edited by Jorge N. Ferrer and Jacob H. Sherman. SUNY Press, 2008, ISBN 9780791476017.

A Practice of EquanimityThe Slapton Ley Project by Sarah Gillespie. White Lane Press, UK, 2007.

Landscape and the Human Heart. Review, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarland. Resurgence & Ecologist No. 282, (2014): 67.

Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination, by William Tydeman. EarthLines, no. 8 (2014): 75.

In Famous Footsteps. Review, Walking the Woods and Water, by Nick Hunt. Resurgence and Ecologist No 287, (2014): 64-65.

Radiant Silence. Review, Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie. Resurgence & Ecologist No 279, (2013): 62.

Healing Fictions. Review, Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happily Ever After by Geoff Mead. Resurgence & Ecologist No. 272, (2012).

Iron John, Robert Bly, Element Books. Women in Management Review, 7(7), 35-37