Rethinking our relationship with Earth's natural resources
Humanity’s ability to fashion nature to its own ends is by no means a new phenomenon. Silica-rich rocks have been flint-knapped by Stone Age people, transformed into stained glass in medieval times, and made into silicon chips for computers in the Digital Age. Our trick of turning rocks rich in malachite and chalcopyrite into copper has taken us from Bronze Age Minoan vases to the wiring that powers modern-day machinery. In Extraction to Extinction, David Howe traces our environmental impact through time to unearth how our obsession with endlessly producing and throwing away more and more stuff has pushed the planet to its limit.
a memoir of endings and beginnings
The Mahogany Pod is a deeply moving account of falling in love with someone who only has a few months to live. Through honest prose, Jill Hopper’s story explores the joy and pain of loving and losing, and the beginnings that come after endings. “Affecting and beautifully written.” – The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice.
Meat-and-potato pies, quirky club mascots, standing room paddocks and hyperlocal sponsors... at every local club, there is much more about ‘going to the match’ than the match itself. For many of us, the local club offers it all: passion, hope, heartache, drama. Steve Leach spends a year visiting the twenty towns and clubs that are special to him – towns and teams that may not be glamorous, but they are unique and, more importantly, they are home.
Cultivating our well-being and growth
This is a story of gardens and how people can grow well in them. Through a lifetime’s experience of award-winning work in community gardens and in mental health care and training, Cameron shows us how tending green spaces can bring tremendous benefits to mental health.
Reflections on cycling across Europe
Helen Moat sets out to cycle across Europe, with her teenage son, on her sit-up-and-beg bike – aka ‘The Tank’. She’s not sure whether she is running away from the past or pedalling towards it. But when the birdsong fades across the parched, late summer landscapes of Bulgaria and Turkey, Helen finds herself recalling the Troubles and confronting a suppressed secret. This is her life-affirming account of an unforgettable, if sometimes bumpy ride. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live.
A View from the Twenty-first Century
Anne Bronte: for so long underestimated, from her own day to modern times. But why exactly has this remarkably talented and pioneering author been so overlooked? Anne's writing has often been compared harshly with that of Charlotte and Emily - as if living in her sisters' shadows throughout her life wasn't enough. But her reputation, literary and personal, has changed dramatically since Agnes Grey was first published in 1846.
How I got hooked
On turning fifty, Marion Dunn had a sudden desire to try out boxing. Despite the immense effort this required – the relentless, bone-sapping exhaustion of training with endless circuits and repeats – her whim quickly became a love affair with this most precise, disciplined of sports.