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Reviews

Jennifer Lauruol |
Monday, 12th May 2014
I read this very attractive book with interest, as I am always looking for ways to explain gardening with permanent edible plants to my garden design clients. Anni Kelsey usefully describes how to grow and manage a rich polyculture of edible plants... more
 
Joan Bailey |
Saturday, 3rd May 2014
One of Jack Lazor’s first pieces of advice in The Organic Grain Grower, his first book, is to find a mentor, someone already growing grain to offer support along the way. While Lazor’s primary goal is to resurrect the tradition of grain cultivation... more
 
Helen Moore |
Wednesday, 30th April 2014
Could the twin urges in my life - to know myself deeper and, in the face of ecocidal capitalism, an increasingly radical sensibility - actually have their roots in the same impulse? Paul Cudenec’s passionately argued book, The Anarchist Revelation,... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 25th April 2014
If you are a regular reader of this column, you will probably already know I am a bit of a Helle fan.  To date I own and use three of their wonderful full tang knives. While I do use them quite a lot I tend not to wear them on my person.The reason... more
 
Ian Mowll |
Wednesday, 16th April 2014
This book is refreshingly gutsy and down-to-earth. It is written by Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma who was a co-founder of Fairtrade. The author is a Dutch worker-priest with doctorates in economics and theology. For more than 30 years he worked in... more
 
Phillip Moore |
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Artist, activist, and musician turned filmmaker, Peter Charles Downey, presents an inquiry into the state of the world from a Gaian perspective. He pulls together an eclectic array of imagery alongside a heavyweight roster of interviewees (Vandana... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 11th April 2014
"While we tend to think of money as the prime mover of the economy, in fact it is energy that gets things done. More and cheap energy translates to a more complex society with a growing economy; less energy, and more expensive energy, translates to... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 23rd March 2014
Joanna Macy has been helping me look unflinchingly into the face of our global ecological crisis and not give up or burn out for years. I have taken great heart from The Work That Reconnects (WTR), the radical empowerment process she has pioneered,... more
 
Deano Martin |
Tuesday, 11th March 2014
Whilst the title may not immediately grab the attention of a UK-based reader, the subtitle Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty should. If I am honest I was hooked on reading this book from the very beginning. The author’s... more
 
Tim Harland |
Sunday, 2nd March 2014
This is the latest offering from the prolific and encyclopedic Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust in Devon where he has tested a huge number of plants of all kinds in his two acre forest garden, established 20 years ago. For a low... more
 

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