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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
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The Small Heart of Things by Julian Hoffman
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My friend Julian Hoffman's book is an fascinating collection of essays about the relationships we develop with certain locations, thereby making them into ‘places’, and sometimes even homes. Such relationships are honed through our experiences in the ...more
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The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
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This book was not what I expected.

Having greatly enjoyed Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, I was very much looking forward to reading her thoughts on the writing life—and maybe picking up a few handy writing tips. It turns out there are very f
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A Rough Ride to the Future by James E. Lovelock
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I was prompted to read A Rough Ride to the Future after being pulled up on Facebook by a well-known popular science writer. The topic in question was nuclear power (which I strongly support), in which I described James Lovelock as ‘an embarrassing al ...more
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The Making Of The Fittest by Sean B. Carroll
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I enjoyed The Making of the Fittest very much indeed. It gets into details, and requires a higher degree of concentration than many other popular science books. There's even some mathematics involved—but don't let that put you off. If you pay attenti ...more
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Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
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I was very much looking forward to reading Wanderlust, as I had recently enjoyed Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby and A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Wanderlust is a much bigger and more ambitious book—so much bigger that I often struggled to read ...more
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Doubling Back by Linda Cracknell
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Doubling Back is an unusually personal book about walking, in that many of the walks described in it might not have made it into other writers' books. This is by no means intended as a criticism: these walks were important enough to Cracknell to writ ...more
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A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
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As a natural introvert, with a love of tranquillity, and a dislike for unnecessary noise, I was intrigued by the idea of a whole book on the subject of silence.

A Book of Silence is a deeply personal and, at times, courageous book. Sara Maitland write
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Sixty Degrees North by Malachy Tallack
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I always said that, in the unlikely event of my ever going on a long sea cruise (my idea of hell), I would want to follow the extended route the Vikings took across the Atlantic: Denmark/Sweden/Norway, Orkney, Shetland, the Faeroes, Iceland, Greenlan ...more
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