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Sounds Wild and Broken

Sounds Wild and Broken

David George Haskell

The Earth's sounds are wonderfully diverse, complex and beautiful - but they are under threat. A lyrical exploration of the diverse sounds of our planet, the creative processes that produced these marvels, and the perils that...

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 Read reviewOrwell's Roses

Orwell’s Roses

Rebecca Solnit

Roses, pleasure, and politics: a fresh take on Orwell as an avid gardener, whose political writing was grounded in his passion for the natural world.

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The Future Is Fungi

The Future Is Fungi

Michael Lim, Yun Shu

Without fungi, the world as we know it would not exist.

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The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth

The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth

Ben Rawlence

A powerful blend of reportage, nature, travel and science writing, deeply researched and beautifully written, underpinned by a startling and urgent message for our time.

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 Read reviewFox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

Catherine Raven

A solitary woman's inspiring, moving, surprising, and often funny memoir about the transformative power of her unusual friendship with a wild fox.

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 Read reviewWhere We Swim

Where We Swim

Ingrid Horrocks

As Ingrid Horrocks takes swims in rivers, oceans and pools around the world, she considers her relationship with water and with the world around her

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Uprising: Walking the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Uprising: Walking the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Nic Low

A riveting blend of nature writing, indigenous storytelling and great adventure in the NZ alps

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Islands of Abandonment

Islands of Abandonment

Cal Flyn

In a journey to some of the eeriest and most desolate places on earth, Cal Flyn investigates the abandoned areas of the world - what goes on there, and what might they be used for?

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Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Intriguing and uplifting stories of the world's oldest plants, from the revered botanist and indigenous teacher Robin Wall Kimmerer

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The Great Forest: The Rare Beauty of the Victorian Central Highlands

The Great Forest: The Rare Beauty of the Victorian Central Highlands

David Lindenmayer, Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees, Steve Kuiter

A tribute to an extraordinary landscape now under severe threat. The exquisite photographs reveal the mountain ash forests of central Victoria to be one of Australia's great natural treasures.

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The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for an Endangered Planet

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for an Endangered Planet

Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams

A legendary conservationist. A lifetime spent fighting for nature. An indispensable message of hope.

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English Pastoral: An Inheritance

English Pastoral: An Inheritance

James Rebanks

A poetic, practical, raw and almost miraculously detailed picture of [an] ancient way of life struggling to survive and to be reborn - New Statesman

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Recipe for a Kinder Life

Recipe for a Kinder Life

Annie Smithers

Recipe for a Kinder Life offers a guiding hand for anyone, from the city to the regions, who yearns to live more gently. It is about caring for land and reaping the bounty. 

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Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Dave Goulson

An urgent and riveting new book from the bestselling author: his first major work of popular science and environmental activism - part love letter to the insect world, part elegy, part rousing manifesto for change.

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The Heartbeat of Trees

The Heartbeat of Trees

Peter Wohlleben

In an era of mobile phone addiction and ever-expanding cities, many of us fear we've lost our connection to nature - but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the natural world remain alive and...

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Country: Future Fire, Future Farming

Country: Future Fire, Future Farming

Bruce Pascoe, William Leonard Gammage, Margo Neale

What do you need to know to prosper as a people for at least 65,000 years? The First Knowledges series provides a deeper understanding of the expertise and ingenuity of Indigenous Australians

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My Forests: Travels with Trees

My Forests: Travels with Trees

Janine Burke

Join award-winning author and art historian Janine Burke in this enchanting and illuminating meander along forest trails within art, myth, history and present day.

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Nature Is Never Silent

Nature Is Never Silent

Madlen Ziege

For readers of Entangled Life and The Hidden Life of Trees, a fascinating journey into the world of plants and animals, and the ways they communicate with each other.

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Entangled Life

Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake

A mind-altering adventure through the world of fungi for readers of Robert Macfarlane and Other Minds

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Finding the Mother Tree

Finding the Mother Tree

Suzanne Simard

The world-leading scientist of plant communication and intelligence reveals how she discovered the secrets of the forest

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The Oak Papers

The Oak Papers

James Canton

Blending personal experience with cultural legacy, this homage to the oak tree presents a case for the important role it plays today: in our landscape and in our lives

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Eating to Extinction

Eating to Extinction

Dan Saladino

Industrial agriculture and the standardization of taste are not only wiping out many edible plants, but also the food cultures, histories and livelihoods that go with them.Inspired by a global project to collect and preserve...

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A Life on Our Planet

A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough

A legacy-defining book from Sir David Attenborough, reflecting on his life's work, the dramatic changes to the planet he has witnessed, and what we can do to make a better future.    

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Around the World in 80 Trees

Around the World in 80 Trees

Jonathan Drori, Lucille Clerc

Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from...

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The Inheritors

The Inheritors

Amanda Anastasi

The inheritors are those who will suffer the ravages of climate change be they human, creature or plant. Compassion, anger and prophecy regarding the fate of our planet. These poems are reportage from the precipice.

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The Language of Butterflies

The Language of Butterflies

Wendy Williams

In this fascinating book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world's most resilient creatures-the butterfly-shedding light on the role that they play in our...

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Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Victor Steffensen

Fire Country is a cry from the heart asking for change in how Australia cares for country.

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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Rebecca Giggs

A stunning meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species.

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Remarkable Trees

Remarkable Trees

Christina Harrison, Tony Kirkham

Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.

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Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor, Katie Holmes

Mallee Country tells the powerful history of mallee lands and people across southern Australia from Deep Time to the present

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Gentle and Fierce

Gentle and Fierce

Vanessa Berry

New collection of essays on the relationships between humans and animals, by Vanessa Berry, author of Mirror Sydney, and the memoir of adolescence Ninety9. 

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Bird Bonds

Bird Bonds

Gisela Kaplan

An absorbing, compelling insight into the unique and extraordinary lives of Australian native birds by a leading expert in the field.

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The Mosquito

The Mosquito

Timothy Winegard

The surprising true story of how the course of human history was redirected, time and again, by the pesky mosquito.

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 Read reviewThe Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning

The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning

Long Litt Woon

One woman's journey to overcome grief by delving into an overlooked wonder of nature.

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A Cloud a Day

A Cloud a Day

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Passionate cloud spotter and bestselling author Gavin Pretor-Pinney gives you 365 clouds, one for each day, in his stunning illustrated book.

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The Salt Path

The Salt Path

Raynor Winn

The Salt Path is an honest and inspiring true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most...

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Life at Walnut Tree Farm

Life at Walnut Tree Farm

Rufus Deakin, Titus Rowlandson

The story, mainly in pictures, but also in words, of the rebuilding of the 16th-century Suffolk farmhouse that the environmentalist Roger Deakin lived in from the early 1970s until his death in 2006.

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Your Backyard Birds

Your Backyard Birds

Grainne Cleary

A beautiful, inspiring and heartwarming book about our human relationships with the birds who share our backyards.

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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District

The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District

James Rebanks

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for...

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard

In the book which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Dillard writes in the form of a journal, trying to understand God by chronicling the seasons along Tinker Creek in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains, and by exploring the...

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The Seabird's Cry

The Seabird’s Cry

Adam Nicolson, Kate Boxer

The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate...

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The Otters' Tale

The Otters' Tale

Simon Cooper

When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that straddles a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters. Yet move in they did, allowing him to...

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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the...

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Silent Spring

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Exposes the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. This book aims to creates public awareness of the environment.

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Landmarks

Landmarks

Robert Macfarlane

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. This is a guide to literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands...

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Where Song Began

Where Song Began

Tim Low

An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia's distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution

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The Hidden Life of Trees

Peter Wohlleben

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