Book Reviews

by James Lea

During the course of our research, we have built up a library of books on various subjects, including:


Bushcraft and Survival

Bushcraft - An Inspirational Guide to Surviving the Wilderness, author Ray Mears, publisher Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 0-340-79258-2

The SAS Survival Handbook, author Lofty Wiseman

The Encyclopedia of Outdoor Survival - based on the training and techniques of the SAS, author Barry Davies, publisher Virgin Publishing, ISBN 1-930983-19-0

Food for Free - A fantastic feast of plants and folklore, author Richard Mabey, publisher Collins (www.collins.co.uk), ISBN 0-00-718303-8, "Richard Mabey's masterpiece in a backpack size. A guide to over 100 edible plants, berries, mushrooms, seaweed and shellfish - all beautifully illustrated. Advice on when to gather, what to pick and how to cook it."


Climate Change

Global Warming, the Complete Briefing by Sir John Haughton

Global Warming - A Very Short Introduction, author Mark Maslin, publisher Oxford University Press (www.oup.co.uk/vsi), ISBN 0-19-284097-5. Jacket blurb "Global warming is one of the most controversial scientific issues of the twenty-first century. This Very Short Introduction is an up-to-date and readable book about the predicted impacts of global warming and the surprises that could be in store for us in the near future.

High Tide - How Climate Crisis is Engulfing our Planet, author Mark Lynas, publisher Harper Perennial (harperperennial.co.uk), ISBN 0-00-713940-3

Snowball Earth

The Coming Global Superstorm

Adapting Buildings and Cities to Climate Change, author Susan Roach


Green Building

Green Architecture

The Housebuilders Bible

The New Autonomous House, Brenda and Robert Vale



Escape from the Rat Race - Downshifting to a Richer Life, author Nicholas Corder, publisher Right Way Plus (www.right-way.co.uk), ISBN 0-7160-3003-9. Favourite quote: "In the rat race, only a rat can win"



Peak Oil

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Energy beyond Oil, by Paul Hobbs

The Party's Over by Richard Heinberg

Powerdown, Options for a Post-Carbon Age, by Richard Heinberg

Coal - A Human History, by Barbara Freese, ISBN 0 09 947884 6. This is a superb account of the history, politics and recent resurgence of "King Coal". Highly recommended!



An Introduction to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow

The Earthcare Manual by Patrick Whitefield

Permaculture, Principles and Pathways by David Holmgren

Tree Identification Guide, Collins Press

Graywater Recycling by Art Ludwig

The Humanure Handbook

Liquid Gold - The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants, author Carol Steinfeld, publisher Green Books, ISBN 1 903998 48 4

The Allotment Handbook, author Caroline Foley, publisher New Holland Publishers (www.newhollandpublishers.com), ISBN 1-84330-583-6

Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening - The Complete Guide to Natural and Chemical-free Gardening, author The Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA), publisher Dorling Kindersley (www.dk.com), ISBN 1-4053-0891-5


Politics and World Affairs

The New Rulers of the World, by John Pilger

Who Runs this Place? - The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century, author Anthony Sampson, publisher John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-6566-9

Captive State, by George Monbiot

The Age of Consent, by George Monbiot

Willing Slaves


-- (c) James Lea, www.GreenLiving.co.uk, 2005 - 2007 --