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Reviews

Anthony Powell |
Thursday, 18th April 2019
What do you do with an inherited farm that makes a loss year after year? This was the problem facing Isabella and husband Charlie, who had been using his farming training for all he was worth on the Knepp Estate. The clay soils of West Sussex had a... more
 
Kt Shepherd |
Monday, 14th January 2019
I was really pleased to be asked to review Vital Skincare by Laura Pardoe. It’s not actually a title I’d personally pick up by choice, though I’m always keen to expand my knowledge. Although I love to learn about and use plants in different areas of... more
 
Simon Hursthouse |
Friday, 11th January 2019
After reading in PM that Stephanie Hafferty dries washing in her polytunnel over winter, I immediately warmed to her take on stacking functions. Now, in The Creative Kitchen, she invites us into the heart of her home, revealing recipes for the good... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th November 2018
The Bees is a strange and disturbing novel which anthropomorphises honeybees. It takes you deep inside an orchard hive, a palatial, hierarchical wax edifice commanded by the Queen and awash with coded scents of the Hive Mind. I couldn’t help drawing... more
 
Lorenzo Costa |
Monday, 30th July 2018
When we study permaculture design and regenerative systems, we learn from the beginning that everything, from roads, access and structures at the bottom line are related to water. We deal with water to limit erosion, to build water retention in the... more
 
Jo Barker |
Wednesday, 4th July 2018
Over time connections are made that tune us ever more deeply into the rhythms of our natural world. For instance, sighting of first snowdrop signals the very beginning of Spring. Here is a handy place to catch and store observations in biological... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 25th May 2018
Being Salmon, Being Human starts with a wonderful, evocative foreword by Stephan Harding, describing what it means to consciously realise in every cell of our body that we are living on a sentient, interconnected planet as opposed to in a dead... more
 
Mark O'Connell |
Thursday, 17th May 2018
We are living in a time when human systems and ecosystems need to work together and flow. This is the overarching theme of a new book, The Visionary Spirit, which is a deep and practical guide written from the lived experience of Dr Mick Collins. He... more
 
Joan Bailey |
Friday, 11th May 2018
Michael Phillips’ latest book, Mycorrhizal Planet, How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility, is an amazing ride. This dense and delightful book is a tsunami of information woven together in language that... more
 
Jo Barker |
Thursday, 10th May 2018
RetroSuburbia is an extraordinary and magnificently crafted guide on living abundantly in uncertain times. Part manifesto, part manual, this is the book you and I did not realise we were waiting for! David Holmgren asks “Aren’t we all craving real... more
 

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