This is the kind of book which is likely to have you waking up in the night in a cold sweat. With the planet’s population set to explode by 2050, the amount of food needed to sustain our civilisation is growing exponentially. Yet we are increasing our consumption, rather than reducing it
Julie Hill, whose green credentials are impressive, begins by celebrating human achievement and even confesses to having a yen herself for ‘stuff’. However, she quickly points out that because we rarely know where it comes from and where it ends up, a shadow is cast
Essential reading for anyone with an allotment or one of the tens of thousands on a waiting list for one in the UK, or for those wanting to enjoy a flavour of this formidably English preoccupation, Minding my Peas and Cucumbers is an amusing and thoughtful insight into the strange world of allotmenteering
Beautifully composed, The Global Forest takes the reader on a journey through a colourful array of trees in all their glory
Despite, or perhaps because of, having his books once banned in Swiss nurseries and Reagan’s America (he was a 1960s agitprop satirist), Tomi Ungerer has found acclaim as an illustrator and children’s writer. Though little known in the UK (he is a cult hero in his native France and in America), his imaginative, horror-tinged stories have had children – and adults – in thrall since the early 1970s.