Nature Protection in Action: A Scurry of Squirrels by Polly Pullar

I habitually go searching for new nature writing, and one area I have been paying particular attention to is books on squirrels. You would think such an enigmatic beloved woodland creature featured in at least as much books as foxes do, alas you would be wrong. So when I heard A Scurry of Squirrels was … Continue reading Nature Protection in Action: A Scurry of Squirrels by Polly Pullar

The Eternal Season of Summer

My favourite sentence in a nature book belongs to J. A. Baker: 'The hardest of all to see is what is really there.' It particularly resonates for me in the discrepancy between the surface appearance and the actual state of nature. You could walk into a wood on a summer's day, pretty and green, and … Continue reading The Eternal Season of Summer

Written in Bones – Sue Black | Forensic Science and what it can tell us about human stories

Written in Bone is a chronological journey through the human body, one skeletal piece at a time. Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist, explores the different parts that make up our anatomy - in the ways that biology, history and forensic knowledge intersect. With each part explored we gain a deeper understanding into its place in … Continue reading Written in Bones – Sue Black | Forensic Science and what it can tell us about human stories

Nature Sciences, Gothic Mysteries, and Tree Growth | The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

On my quest to read my own damn books (a.k.a. the books I own and keep ignoring for any other book coming my way) I decided to give The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge a listen through the audiobook, narrated by Emilia Fox. It was a great decision, if I do say so myself. The … Continue reading Nature Sciences, Gothic Mysteries, and Tree Growth | The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

Japan as seen from the Margins | Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

Yu Miri's Tokyo Ueno Station brings attention to a Japan rarely seen in the English-speaking world - the country as seen from the margins. The novel follows a homeless narrator chronicling his life from the early 1930s living in Fukushima, moving to Tokyo for work in the 1960s, moving back to the countryside and later … Continue reading Japan as seen from the Margins | Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri