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Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm by Isabella Tree - Book Review

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By Isabella Tree, Eric Schlosser (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681373713
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Published: New York Review Books - September 17th, 2019

This is the story of how a multi-generational intensive-method farm went from the barren desert that that creates, to the lush, thriving, land that it is today, and one family’s incredibly brave decision to see if they could indeed rewild the piece of earth that they are the guardians of.
It is ultimately, a story of hope, but most importantly hope realised.
Faced with economic hardship created by a method of farming that is so expensive to maintain, Charlie Burrell decided to plunge instead into an epic project, called the “Knepp Experiment” to see what would happen if they stepped back from the land, could it rewild itself? To his, and many observers, sheer delight the over 8,000 acres of land, very quickly reestablished itself to a diverse ecosystem, and along with the reinvigoration of plantlife came the increase in native wildlife. Now home to free-roaming cattle, pigs, and deer, as well as the many once-common wild things that witnessed a resurgence, like the turtle doves, nightingales, and purple emperor butterflies to name a few. With globally shocking statistics in biodiversity loss, this is the message we all need, that when the will is there, we can make a difference and bring back health to the nature that sustains us. Such an important book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781771644792
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Published: Greystone Books - October 1st, 2019

An entirely unique book, and one not to be missed. Hamer’s observational skills are second to none, and the quiet, gentle way this book reads is a sheer delight. His life, though at times challenging, has been spent mostly in solitary in the natural world, learning what it means to live a mole’s life. This may well be the most we have ever known about how this small, velvety, creature really lives, in it’s dark underground world. Hamer’s knowledge of the mole’s habits, were learned from many years being paid to catch them, when landowners found them to be undesirable, and he was incredibly successful in his trade, until one day, when he found he no longer wanted to kill these elusive, solitary creatures. Sprinkled throughout the book are the most beautiful illustrations by Joe McLaren, and poems by Hamer himself, making this a total gem of a book. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781786076007
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Published: Oneworld Publications - June 11th, 2019

Boyle draws you in gently, and then fully converts you to his wild way of living, and clear way of thinking, with no real intention to do so. This book really has the power to change your life! His initial intention was to live for a year with no technology, but you have to think beyond the computers and phones, he means none at all - no power which means no lights, no hot water, no flushing toilet. One year turns into over two years, and Boyle finds that he truly becomes alive, and finds an authentic way to live that reconnects him not only to the world in which we live, but also the people in it. When technology is removed, one is forced to enjoy the company of others in a more immediate way. What really struck me was the way in which corporations intrude so fully upon our lives, and dictate what we desire, and will pay to acquire, without us realising that it is not actually our own free will. An enlightening view into a slower pace of living, and a shift in priorities, whether you come out the other side still wanting the trappings of the modern world, or you want to run into the hills and build a cabin, it sure is a worthy read. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Do you want to fall in love? Reading this will cause you to, with a weird and wonderful woman. The world of Jenny Slate is indeed filled with observations that are a little weird, but to view the world through her eyes is a total delight. Laugh out loud funny! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Rewild Yourself: Making Nature More Visible in Our Lives by Simon Barnes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643132167
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 1st, 2019

An entirely spellbinding book, that will remind those that have forgotten the wonders of the world we are part of, and delight those who are smart enough to already know. Give this to everyone you know, but keep a copy for yourself, and revel in the joys of bottomless sits and magical pants! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5) by Kate Atkinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316523097
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 25th, 2019

After nine years, Atkinson has brought us the next chapter of Jackson Brodie’s life. We find him a little older, maybe wiser, and now living in a quiet seaside village, occasionally visited by his teenage son. In his role as a private investigator, Brodie has been working more predictable jobs, like his current unfaithful husband, suspicious wife surveillance case, until a chance encounter with a suicidal man, throws him back into a high level investigation along side ex-colleagues from the police force. We enter the sinister world of organized crime, and a roller coaster of intrigue and violence begins. If, like many of us, you’ve been waiting for a new Jackson Brodie novel, this will not disappoint! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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