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by Tom Cox
read by Tom Cox
running time 10hrs 45mins
A deeply personal and laugh-out-loud mixture of nature book and family memoir from the bestselling author of 'The Good, The Bad and The Furry' (10942).
30 ANIMALS THAT MADE US SMARTER
by Patrick Aryee
read by Patrick Aryee
running time 7hrs
Season 1 of the hugely successful BBC radio series about the natural world and the awesome ways it has inspired us. Over billions of years, animals have evolved and adapted, learning through trial and error the best strategies for surviving and thriving. So who better to help us humans when it comes to solving our own challenges? In this fascinating series, biologist and wildlife filmmaker Patrick Aryee tells the incredible stories of some remarkable animals, and the surprising ways they have enabled us to make technological and scientific breakthroughs.
THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTRYSIDE: HIDDEN HAVENS FOR BRITAIN'S WILDLIFE
by Stephen Moss
read by James Murphy
running time 8hrs
This is the fascinating and remarkably empowering story of our influence upon the landscape and wildlife of these crowded islands, and of how wildlife has co-opted its most unlikely corners ? even when we least expected it. From the seabirds sheltering in the prehistoric stone structures of Shetland to the peat diggings in Somerset teeming with life, and from the rare insects hidden in Belfast?s docklands to the falcons that make London?s Shard their home, Stephen Moss reveals the unexpected oases which foster the crucial links in the chain that bind the natural world together.
BABYLON'S ARK: THE INCREDIBLE WARTIME RESCUE OF THE BAGHDAD ZOO
by Lawrence Anthony
read by Bob Rollett
running time 9hrs
When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could only think of the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the war's crossfire. Anthony discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo. But not all of them. Here he chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park in an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals.
'CHERRY' INGRAM: THE ENGLISHMAN WHO SAVED JAPAN'S BLOSSOMS
by Naoko Abe
read by Grace Dives
running time 9hrs 30mins
After visiting Japan in 1902 and then discovering two magnificent cherry trees in the garden of his family home in Kent, Collingwood 'Cherry' Ingram, fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation. Ingram became one of the world’s leading sakura experts and every spring we enjoy his legacy.
THE DARKNESS MANIFESTO: ON ARTIFICIAL LIGHT AND THE THREAT TO OUR ANCIENT RHYTHM
by Johan Eklöf
read by Johan Eklöf
running time 5hrs 30mins
How much light is too much light? The Darkness Manifesto urges us to cherish natural darkness for the sake of the environment, our own wellbeing, and all life on earth. As a devoted friend of the night, Johan Eklof encourages us to appreciate natural darkness, its creatures, and its unique benefits. He ponders the beauties of the night sky, traces the paths of light-drunk moths and the dives of keen-eyed owls, and shows us the bioluminescent creatures of the deep oceans. He writes passionately about the domino effect of damage we inflict by keeping the lights on, for humans, light-induced sleep disturbances impact our hormones and weight, and can contribute to mental health problems.Eye-opening and ultimately encouraging, The Darkness Manifesto offers simple steps that can benefit ourselves and the plaet.
EATING TO EXTINCTION
by Dan Saladino
read by Dan Saladino
running time 16hrs 14mins
A captivating and unexpected journey through the history of humankind's relationship with food, with an urgent message for our times. We live in an age of mass extinction. The earth's biodiversity is decreasing at a faster rate than ever. 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 foods that are at risk of extinction, Dan Saladino sets out to encounter these endangered foods. Each food tells a story - some of them moving and personal, some of them urgent and timely - and collectively they span the history of civilisation and touch on many of the biggest issues of our time, from climate change to global inequality.
by Richard Benson
read by Richard Stacey
running time 7hrs 15mins
Richard Benson tells of his childhood, the changing landscape, and of how his family has adapted to a new life after being forced to give up its birthright. Richard & Judy Bookclub.
THE GARDEN OF THE GODS
by Gerald Durrell
read by Christopher Timothy
running time 6hrs 15mins
For the passionate young zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts that he could collect, watch and care for. But life was not without its problems - Gerald's family often objected to his animal-collecting activities, especially when the beasts wound up in the family's villa or even worse - the fridge! Book 3 of the trilogy.
HARMONY: A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD
by H R H Prince of Wales
read by H.R.H Prince of Wales
running time 11hrs 22mins
This is the Prince of Wales’ guide to what we have lost in modern life and a blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world.
I BOUGHT A MOUNTAIN
by Thomas Firbank
read by Elliot Fitzpatrick
running time 11hrs 25mins
Written on the eve of the Second World War, this memoir tells the remarkable story of how 21-year-old Thomas Firbank decided on impulse to purchase a 2,400-acre hill farm in the rugged, inhospitable mountains of Snowdonia, and how he and his wife struggled to build it back into prosperity. The book became an international bestseller, selling over half-a-million copies worldwide and pioneered the genre of 'good life' rural escape literature. This new edition is introduced with a foreword by the award-winning nature writer, Patrick Barkham, and includes an afterword by contemporary Welsh sheep farmer, Dafydd Morris-Jones.
THE JANUARY MAN: A YEAR OF WALKING BRITAIN
by Christopher Somerville
read by John Hobday
running time 10hrs 30mins
Christopher Somerville's account of the British countryside not only inspires us to don our boots and explore the 140,000 miles of footpaths across the British Isles, but also illustrates how, on long-distance walks, we can come to an understanding of ourselves and our fellow walkers.
LAB GIRL: A STORY OF TREES, SCIENCE AND LOVE
by Hope Jahren
read by Derina Dinkin
running time 12hrs 30mins
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she has studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. This is her moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. It is a revelatory treatise on plant life but it is also so much more.
THE MAGIC APPLE TREE: A COUNTRY YEAR
by Susan Hill
read by Jill Johnson
running time 8hrs
The Magic Apple Tree stands in the garden of Moon Cottage, in the small village of Barley, Oxfordshire. Susan Hill's book is an evocation of a year seen from that cottage, in which she and her family lived for thirteen years.
NATIVE: LIFE IN A VANISHING LANDSCAPE
by Patrick Laurie
read by Bob Rollett
running time 7hrs
Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm in the hills of southwest Scotland. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Galloway cattle, he begins to discover how cows once shaped people, places and nature in this remote and half-hidden place. The links between people, cattle and wild birds become a central theme as Patrick begins to face the reality of life in a vanishing landscape.
THE OTTERS' TALE
by Simon Cooper
read by Saul Reichlin
running time 10hrs
Simon Cooper's close relationship with otters has given him a unique insight into their life, particularly Kuschta, the central character to this story. Here Simon interweaves Kuschta’s personal story with the natural history of the otter.
PACIFIC: THE OCEAN OF THE FUTURE
by Simon Winchester
read by Simon Winchester
running time 14hrs
Travelling the circumference of the gigantic Pacific Ocean and navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water. With the world's most violent weather and fascinating histories, and problems in matters economic, political and military - this is truly the ocean of the future.
REGENESIS: FEEDING THE WORLD WITHOUT DEVOURING THE PLANET
by George Monbiot
read by George Monbiot
running time 9hrs 30mins
People talk a lot about the problems with intensive farming. But the problem isn't the adjective. It's the noun. Around the world, farming has been wiping out vast habitats, depleting freshwater, polluting oceans, and accelerating global heating, while leaving millions undernourished and unfed. Increasingly, there are signs that the system itself is beginning to flicker. But, as George Monbiot shows us in this brilliant, bracingly original new book, there is another way. Regenesis is an exhilarating journey into a new possible future for food, people and the planet. Drawing on the revelatory, rapidly advancing science of soil ecology, Monbiot shows how the hidden biological universe beneath our feet could transform what we eat and how we grow it. Here, for the first time, is a profoundly hopeful, appetising and exciting vision of food: of revolutionary cultivation and cuisine that could nourish us all and restore our world of wonders.
by Sally Huband
read by Sally Huband
running time 9hrs 53mins
When a seed falls from a vine in the tropics and is carried by ocean currents across the Atlantic to the shores of Western Europe - it is known as a sea bean. It is still considered lucky to find a sea bean on the shore, they have been used as magical charms for more than a thousand years. Sally's search for a sea bean begins not long after she moves to the windswept archipelago of Shetland. When pregnancy triggers a chronic illness and forces her to slow down, Sally takes to the beaches. There she discovers treasure freighted with story and curiosities that connect her to the world. The wild shores of Shetland offer glimpses of orcas swimming through the ocean at dusk, the chance to release a tiny storm petrel into the dark of the night and a path of hope. This beachcombing path takes her from the Faroese archipelago to the Orkney islands, and the Dutch island of Texel. It opens a world of ancient myths, fragile ecology, and deep human history. It brings her to herself again. Sea Bean is a message in a bottle. An interconnection of our oceans, communities and ourselves, and an invitation to feel belonging when we are adrift.
THINK LIKE A VEGAN
by Miscellaneous authors
read by Sarah Schoenbeck
running time 5hrs 30mins
According to the latest figures, the number of vegans in the UK has more than quadrupled since 2014, now representing over 1 per cent of the total population. With the rise in plant-based foods and cruelty-free products showing no sign of stopping, Think Like a Vegan explores how vegan ethics can be applied to every area of our daily lives. We all want to live more healthily and ethically, and this book is certainly not just for vegans. It’s for anyone interested in veganism, its ideals and what even non-vegans can learn from its practice. Through a personal and often irreverent lens, the authors explore a variety of contemporary topics related to animal use: from the basics of vegan logic to politics, economics, love and other aspects of being human, each chapter draws you into a thought-provoking conversation about your daily ethical decisions. Why should we adopt animals? What’s the problem with organic meat? What are the economics of plant-based foods? What about honey? What is the relationship between veganism and feminism? What is vegansexualism?
UNDERLAND: A DEEP TIME JOURNEY
by Robert Macfarlane
read by Roy McMillan
running time 13hrs
From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, this is a work of huge range and power.
THE VALLEY: A HUNDRED YEARS IN THE LIFE OF A FAMILY
by Richard Benson
read by Richard Burnip
running time 18hrs 30mins
The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley were home to four generations of the Hollingworth family. 'The Valley' lets us into generations of carousing and banter as the family's attempts to build a better and fairer world for themselves meet sometimes with triumph, sometimes with bitter defeat.
WALDEN AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
by H D Thoreau
read by Rupert Degas
running time 11hrs 45mins
In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature. Here also is 'Civil Disobedience', Thoreau's essay on just resistance to government.
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS
by Amanda Owen
read by Anne Dover
running time 12hrs
Ravenseat is the remote Yorkshire hill farm that Amanda Owen shares with husband Clive, eight children and 900 sheep. She describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family face, from being cut off in winter to tending their flock on some of Yorkshire's highest, bleakest moors - land so inaccessible that in places it can be reached only on foot.