Latest to-read list

ImageAnother dull and chilly Nairobi August. The upside is that it’s quiet, and it’s a good reason for lighting the fire. Also it’s a time to look at book on the shelf and update my present wishlist.

Two by Sara Maitland: “Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales”, and her earlier “A Book of Silence”.

Two also by Robert Macfarlane: “The Wild Places” and “The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot”. It will be interesting to compare the latter with Simon Armitage’s “Walking Home” (and indeed books by Roger Deakin such as “Wildwood: A Journey through Trees”).

“The Baron in the Trees” by Italo Calvino.

A textbook – William Hyde’s “The Global Economics of Forestry” (his “Timber Supply, Land Allocation and Economic Efficiency” remains a classic).

Two for the coffee table; “Out of the Woods: The Armchair Guide to Trees” by Will Cohu, and “The Beauty of Trees” by Michael Jordan.

And two local books. “Being a Bird. A closer look at some of the wonderful birds of Kenya” (published by Nature Kenya), and “Kenya: A Natural History” by Steve Sprawls and Glenn Mathews

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