For many people this is the time of year for lists: shopping lists, lists of presents to give, lists of books to prompt Santa, end-of-year “to do” lists, and – for some – lists of resolutions.
The last three can be combined – books to buy (or beg, steal and borrow), books to finish and books to look forward to. This would be my list of books to read, starting with three recommended by The Times in this season for trees – and for lovers of trees: Richard Mabey’s “Beechcombings: The Narrative of Trees“, Roger Deakin’s “Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees“, and “The Wild Places” by Robert Macfarlane.
To which I would add Richard Mabey’s “Concise Flora Britannica” and Roger Deakin’s “Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain”.
Plus two books of poetry, old and new. First, “Collected Poems of Ted Hughes” (there was a good article recently on the poet’s involvement in environmental campaigns), and second, “Woods Etc.” by Alice Oswald.
Also and more eclectically: “Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession” by Richard Askwith, “The Worm Forgives the Plough” by John Stewart Collis, “Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico” by Jake Kosek, and “Unnatural Wonders. Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life” (Arthur Danto).
Two text books: Herman Daly’s “Ecological Economics Textbook: A Workbook for Problem-based Learning”, and “Forest Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques” by Adrian Newton.
And one to look out for in the library: “Welsh Furniture, 1250-1950” by Richard Bebb.
Finally, a late addition: “Ecological Debt: Global Warming & the Wealth of Nations” by Andrew Simms.
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