Selected Publications

This very slim volume by Jennifer Johnston is a beautifully written evocation of social mores set against two conflicted landscapes. In Wicklow where the battle for a United Ireland in 1916 is about to kick off and in Flanders during WW1 the innuendo of the existing class structure is reinforced but will inevitably be irrevocably shattered.  Sparse, and told with an economy of language, this is a tale of master, servant, brotherhood, bravery,valour and tragedy in which the pre-civil war landscape of Ireland is interwoven with the horror landscape of the trenches.












Feral by George Monbiot is a book about re-wilding.  The campaigning journalist envisages a future Europe in which elephants, rhinos and hippopotamus could wander as they did in pre-historic times.  He sees sheep farming as a slow-burning ecological disaster and believes the process has already begun as wolves cross the Alps and wild boar roam the suburbs of Hamburg.  Land ownership is a key bugbear.  He attacks secretive trusts in tax havens holding on to large swathes of land.  His focus is on what we have already lost and what we stand to gain.
Published 2013 by Penguin Books, London.















This is a passionate pitch for global resource management to counter climate change and global warming.  It is a clear exposition of the choices facing us.  Mark Lucas, Stewart Brand, George Monbiot and James Lovelock now argue that the approach of most Greens to climate change must change.  Debate has become polarised on political grounds.  Libertarians, for instance, equate the climate agenda with socialism by the back door.  What Lynas is arguing for in planetary management.

Published 2011 by Biteback Publishing Ltd., London


The author of ‘Let Them Eat Carbon’ is Director of the Tax Payers’ Alliance so it is not difficult to figure out where his arguments are coming from.  He believes that ordinary people pay the price of politicians wanting to take control of green house gas emissions. Climate Change is Big Business.  Around the world companies are making billions our of Government schemes to counter global warming.  He looks at the myths perpetuated by the Climate Change industry.
Published 2011 by Biteback Publishing Ltd., London














For hundreds of millions of years a tangle of sylvan life covered most of the globe entirely free of names, families or lineages.  This is a fact filled book about the evolution of trees from How Trees Became to How Trees Live and Which Trees Live Where.   Trudge believes that trees are the key to humanity’s evolutionary past – and out future.
Published 2006 by Penguin Books, London
Written by Bob Hopkins this book is designed to guide communities to move into a  more sustainable future with less dependancy on fossil fuels.  It is designed in a ‘how to’ style which can be followed by communities wanting to go down that route.
Published 2008 by Green Books, Lond



The Plant Hunters
By Toby Musgrave, Chris Gardner and Will Musgrave

These Victorian pioneers of botany ventured into the unknown to bring rare and exotic plants to England from China, India and America, often at the risk of their own lives.  They gave their names to many of the species they discovered such as the Douglas fir named after David Douglas who laid claim to over 200 new species.  Their stories are told in a factual non-sentimental way making the sacrifices made seem all the more extraordinary.

Edgelands Journeys into England’s True Wilderness
By Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Written by two poets, Edgelands turns the liminal elements of landscape, such as carparks, railways, motorways into rich subject matter at the centre of their story.  Visiting Lancashire a generation earlier in the  Thirties, J. B. Priestly wrote: ‘Between Manchester and Bolton the ugliness is so complete that it is almost exhilarating.  It challenges you to live there.’  Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts transmit through elegant prose and rich referencing the exhilaration they find in the hinterlands of our towns and cities.

Landscape and Western Art
By Malcom Andrews

“What is landscape? How does it differ from ‘land’? Does landscape always imply something to be pictured, a scene? When and why did we begin to cherish images of nature? What is ‘nature’? Is it everything that isn’t art, or artifact? By addressing these and many other questions,Landscape andWestern Artexplores the myriad ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance. Implying that land is the raw material, and that art is created by turning land into landscape, which then becomes art, author Malcolm Andrews takes the reader on a thematic tour of the fascinating and challenging issues of landscape as art.


In Landscape and Memory Simon Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art.

The Language of Landscape, a study by Anne Whiston Spirn suggests that the language of landscape exists with its own syntax, grammar, and metaphors, and that we imperil ourselves by failing to learn and speak this language. Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes, and discusses the thought of renowned landscape authors.

The first edition of Landscape and Power, edited by W. J. T. Mitchell and published in 1994, reshaped the direction of landscape studies by considering landscape not simply as an object to be seen or a text to be read, but as an instrument of cultural force, a central tool in the creation of national and social identities. This second edition adds a new preface, and five new essays—from Edward Said, W. J. T. Mitchell, Jonathan Bordo, Michael Taussig, and Robert Pogue Harrison-extending the scope of the book.

Gossip from the Forest by Sarah Maitland.  ‘This is a bushy, sprawling book, as perhaps it should be. It roves busily back and forth through time, unpicking the complex history of British woodland from the Neolithic period to the present day. Maitland rejects the myth of an island covered in uninterrupted forest, revealing instead a history of exploitation, enclosure and artificial reconstruction. Likewise, she tracks “our robust and lovely fairy stories” through the centuries, observing how they shift emphasis in different eras, becoming increasingly pruned and pious.’ Olivia Laing, The Observer, 28 October 2012

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