Plato, the Greek philosopher, mathematician and writer born in 427 BC. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of natural philosophy, science, and Western philosophy. Read more about Plato's life
Read the opening extract of the brand new Liz Fenwick book before its publication on 23/05/2013
How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything Mike Berners-Lee
There are lots of ways to whittle away at our carbon totals, it’s all achievable and doesn’t mean a life of sackcloth and ashes. Mike Berners-Lee’s carbon footprint listing throws up some surprising calculations, the increased carbon footprint of baby... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2010
The Watchman's Rattle Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction Rebecca Costa
Why does it feel as if our most challenging problems today- the worldwide recession, global warming, fast-spreading viruses, terrorism and poverty - aren't getting solved? What if our brain has limits that prevent it from solving such complex problems? If... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
Eden Tim Smit
'With passion and commitment thousands of 'small' people built Eden as a symbol of hope in action...We may all have feet of clay, but that shouldn't stop us trying to make a difference...We say, 'Demand the impossible . So said... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
Grow Your Food for Free (Well Almost) Dave Hamilton
A natural boffin, Dave Hamilton’s cheery book is the outcome of his quest for free-as-possible food. And growing food the “free” way is good for your purse and good for the environment as you recycle, reuse, scrounge and make-do. Beside... Format: Paperback - Released: 12/05/2011
The Fair Trade Revolution John Bowes
Fair Trade has come a long way in the last 20 years. The Fair Trade Revolution celebrates the movement's achievement and takes up the challenge of improving more lives through fair dealing with producers. Fair Trade is now mainstream, with... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2010
From Seed to Plate Paolo Arrigo
Vegetable based but not just for vegetarians, a cookbook that should come in for some heavy kitchen use. I found plenty of inspiration here, the mostly simple recipes grouped together by vegetable, very useful for the vegetable grower faced with... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2010
The Essential Guide to Back Garden Self-Sufficiency Carleen Madigan
There’s a lovely sense of enthusiasm about this guide, it’s ambitious but not unrealistic and it’s good on follow-through with plenty of advice on what to do with your crops. The charts and tables are an excellent aid as are... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2010
Reporting Live from the End of the World David Shukman
With so many writers absolutely convinced of the environmental hazards we face, it was a relief to turn to the views of David Shukman, someone who has no axe to grind. As the BBC’s Environment correspondent he has travelled the... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2011
No Impact Man - Saving the Planet One Family at a Time Colin Beavan
A very New York take-no-prisoners style of going Green but then Colin Beavan has set himself a major target – live for a year without making any net impact on the environment. This means some seriously hard graft, made all... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2009
New Urban Farmer Celia Brooks-Brown
For anyone starting out on the grow-your-own route it can all seem like hard labour with very little pleasure. To find out what joys are to come, New Urban Farmer is recommended as a first-class introduction to the delights of... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2010
The staff here at Lovereading aren’t just passionate about good books; they are also passionate about doing their bit to help ‘save the planet’ in any way they can. So we thought you might appreciate a bit of guidance on what books are out there that might enthuse you into thinking, and being a bit greener.
We’ve selected some books for all ages which are highly topical covering everything from recycling and biodiversity to global warming and topical eco-tips, and even measuring your carbon footprint. We’ve also chosen a selection of novels and picture books that have some sort of green strand.
You may feel it’s wrong to be promoting books with a green theme because books in themselves are not at first glance exactly green or carbon neutral, for trees are cut down to make them. However, let us assure you that publishers in the UK are all working extremely hard to achieve ethical business practice and some publishers are already achieving zero carbon emissions via carbon offsetting.
Like Egmont (www.egmont.co.uk) for example, who made the decision three years ago to commit to ethical business practices. Their whole manufacturing processes had to change, Greenpeace was consulted and now they use only paper that is approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Harper Collins (www.harpercollins.co.uk), one of the largest global publishers has already gone carbon neutral in its commitment to address climate change and at the other end of the size scale there is Meadowside Books (www.meadowsidebooks.com), a small but perfectly formed small children’s publisher who is very proud to use the carbon neutral logo on their books. For more detail on any of these publishers do go to their own websites for more information.
We hope you enjoy the selection of titles and do keep coming back as we will add more on a monthly basis.