Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services.
Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, McCarthy presents a new way of looking at the world.
©2015 Michael McCarthy (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love.... A must-read." (Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk)
"Impassioned, polemical and personal.... At its heart, this is a book aiming to persuade those who are broadly sympathetic to think in a different way, and in that it is surely a success - and a joy." (Independent)
"Articulated beautifully...his quest to track down every British butterfly as a tribute to his dead mother brought me to tears." (Sunday Times)
Near the top.
I loved hearing about the birds and the author's views of them.
I liked how he read the book overall.
I don't think it's the type of book that would make a good film. Not enough story or drama.
I found this book interesting and easy to follow, even though there were 2 strands, the author's upbringing and continuing relations with family and his views on nature as a whole.
I loved everything about this book. It was about nature and science but had a real heart to it too. It is a rare blend of being personal, without being overly self-referential. What will remain with me is how well he conveyed the magic and joy that comes from observing nature. It's cliched but it's genuinely made me stop and look about a bit more.
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