‘Car Park Life’ really is a memoir of car park exploration. Rees’s mission, outlined in the shadow of Hastings Morrisons, is to challenge the ‘assumed truth’ that car parks are ‘non-places’.
Review: ‘Nightingales In Berlin – Searching For The Perfect Sound’, David Rothenberg (University of Chicago Press, 2019)
David Rothenberg has carved out a somewhat crooked niche as a celebrated musician-cum-birdsong investigator, and for some time has been…
Literary Review review: ‘Homing – On Pigeons, Dwellings, And Why We Return’, Jon Day (John Murray, 2019)
A memoir of pigeon-keeping and middle-class life in flux, Jon Day’s ‘Homing’ is a sort of ‘P Is For Pigeon’.
‘An Indifference Of Birds’
The story of human history
—from a bird’s eye view.
Geographical review: ‘Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels To The End Of Europe’, Rory MacLean (Bloomsbury, 2019)
In returning, nearly 30 years on, to the territories he last explored in his 1992 Trabant travelogue Stalin’s Nose, Rory…
New Humanist essay: In Search Of The ‘Nature Cure’
We have always believed in the healing power of our natural landscape, one way or another – but has it been overstated?
Dark Mountain essay: Telling The Devil’s Tales
How are we to novelise the sixth great extinction?
The Author essay: The Opposite Of Not Funny
Whatever humanity is, I think humour is at the heart of it.
Geographical review: ‘Working With Nature: Saving And Using The World’s Wild Places’, Jeremy Purseglove (Profile, 2019)
The central message of this book, Jeremy Purseglove writes, is that ‘we may nibble away at the planet, but we cannot afford to swallow the lot’.