I have reviewed 28 books on this blog this year – an average of more than one a fortnight.
Some of these are sent to me by publishers or authors, some I simply go out and buy.
Which books you like is as personal a choice as what music you like. But for what it’s worth, here are my top five books of 2015, the next five (in no particular order) and the rest (a list which contains many entertaining reads).
The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks
This book is very well-written and really quite irritating! It’s a particular view of sheep farmers in the Lake District and a brilliant piece of propaganda for their way of life. I would have a completely different take on this subject – but the author’s is a great read.
A cracking book littered with unusual stories and erudition. Fun and educational at the same time.
Lovely cover too (by Carry Akroyd).
A brilliantly clear tale of a triumph of evolution of behaviours that we would call cheating. Only someone with a deep understanding of natural selection could make the evolutionary arms race between cuckoos and their hosts so comprehensible.
A tale of loss – loss of abundance and personal loss but ending with the hope that we can recapture our love for the natural world.
A slightly rambling account of 50 years of rushing around with a butterfly net. I was happy to go on this long walk with Matthew Oates because he is such entertaining company.
The next five in order of publication – most distant first
Nature’s Conscience – Des Thompson (ed.)