Book Review: Field Notes on Listening by Kit Dobson

My thanks to Wolsak & Wynn and Independent Publishers Group for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Field Notes on Listening is a reflection or rather, reflections on the connection we as a species have lost or perhaps broken, with the land, the environment around us, and even with each other, and on…

Book Review: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folk Tales and Legends by Angela McAllister (author) and Hannah Bess Ross (illustrator)

My thanks to the Quarto Group and Edelweiss for a review copy of the book. A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends is a beautiful collection of traditional stories, folk tales, and legends from pretty much every corner of the globe, and all of which are centred on different aspects of nature—be…

Review: The Living Mountain by Amitav Ghosh

My thanks to Harper Collins India and NetGalley for a review copy of this story. The Living Mountains: A Fable of Our Times by Amitav Ghosh is a short work, less than novella length, which explores a range of themes including colonialism and the attendant exploitation of people and resources, devaluing of traditional knowledge, de-sacralisation…

Book Review: Ela Green and the Kingdom of Abud by Sylvia Grief

My thanks to Booktasters and the author for a review copy of this book. Ela Green and the Kingdom of Abud is the first of a fantasy–adventure series set around the theme of humans' disconnect with nature, and based on myth and legend. Eleanor or Ela Green is fourteen and studies at a boarding school…

Book Review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

Opening with the same words as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy…, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951) picks up exactly a year after the events of the first book. The four Pevensie children are at a railway station at…

Book Review: Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville

My thanks to Handheld Classics and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. Malcolm Saville is another from the list of authors whom I was aware of but had never read. I only had a vague idea that he wrote adventure stories for children. But on seeing my friend Alwynne's review of this book…

Book Review: Nature is Never Silent by Madlen Ziege

My thanks to Scribe UK, and NetGalley for a review copy of this book! In Nature is Never Silent: How Animals and Plants Communicate With Each Other, author Madlen Ziege takes us on a journey through the world of nature to acquaint us with the many fascinating ways in which different beings—from unicellular to complex…

Book Review: Light Rains Sometimes Fall by Lev Parikian

My thanks to Elliot and Thompson and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. ‘Stop and smell the roses’ we are sometimes told or tell ourselves. Slow down, look about, and take in the beauty and wonders of life around you at all times—it isn’t just flowers, but birds, insects, bees and butterflies, trees…