This blog’s books of the year

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).

9780141979373Book of the Year:

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.

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51PF0+gMlXL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_2. Rainbow Dust by Peter Marren

A cracking book  littered with unusual stories and erudition.  Fun and educational at the same time.

Lovely cover too (by Carry Akroyd).

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

97814088565673. Cuckoo by Nick Davies

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.

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

isbn9781444792775-detail4. The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

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.

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

97814729245065. In Pursuit of Butterflies by Matthew Oates

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.

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next five in order of publication – most distant first

indexTen Million Aliens – Simon Barnes

My review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9781781253281What nature does for Britain – Tony Juniper

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9781846275937Honourable Friends – Caroline Lucas

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

undiscovered-owls-400x291Undiscovered Owls – The Sound Approach

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9781846148422The Man who made things out of trees – Robert Penn

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And also…

penguinsPenguins – David Tipling

My review

 

 

 

220375Horus the Peregrine Falcon – John Miles

My review.

 

 

 

 

 

k10340Britain’s Habitats by Lake et al.

My review.

 

 

 

036504-fc50Nature in Towns and Cities – David Goode

My review.

 

 

 

9781472905185Few and Far between – Charlie Elder

My review.

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Conscience – Des Thompson (ed.)

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indexHow to Clone a Mammoth – Beth Shapiro

My review.

 

 

 

 

9781472912138On a Wing and a Pryor – Sarah Woods

My review.

 

 

 

Queen-of-the-Sky-cover-383x480Queen of the Sky – Jacquie Morris

My review.

 

 

 

 

9781472918376Tales from the Concrete Jungle – David Lindo

My review.

 

 

 

9781472912077The Complete Naturalist – Nick Baker

My review.

 

 

 

on-the-edge-the-state-and-fate-of-the-worlds-tropical-rainforests.w250On the Edge – Clause Martin

My review.

 

 

 

cruc-front-cover-simon-1sky2-copy-webSkydancer – Martin Bradley

My review.

 

 

 

9781408173756Metamorphosis – Robert Soskin

My review.

 

 

 

9781472911704An Illustrated Coastal Year – Celia Lewis

My review.

 

 

 

 

9780300210989Natural Capital – Dieter Helm

My review.

 

 

 

 

isbn9781473617018Natural Histories – Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

My review.

 

 

 

 

51j-std6duL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Yorkshire Dales – John Lee

My review.

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