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simple living in history

Book review: Simple Living in History

Simple living, paring back our lives to focus on the things that matter most, is not a new idea. All through history people have advocated simpler living – for happiness, for virtue, for God, or for the earth. It’s always been there in our wisdom traditions. It may be more important now than it has […]

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after sustainability

After Sustainability, by John Foster

Over the years there have been a number of notable books on climate change that have bucked the trend and taken the view that the climate can’t be saved. Clive Hamilton’s Requiem for a Species is one, Hell and High Water by Alistair McIntosh is another. Paul Kingsnorth didn’t give us a book, but hung […]

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carnival kingdom

Book review: Carnival Kingdom

I don’t review many Christian books on the blog here, but I recently finished a collection of essays from the JusTice initiative called Carnival Kingdom. I’m going to mention this one because I love the premise of the book: it’s all about working for social justice by being ‘positively subversive’, drawing on the cultural theory […]

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feral

Book review: Feral, by George Monbiot

George Monbiot is an investigative journalist and columnist by trade, and he is loved and loathed in equal measure for his views on social justice and the environment. His original training was in zoology however, and Feral finds him on his home turf. It’s a book about rewilding – the rewilding of nature, but also […]

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connect with nature

How to connect with nature, by Tristan Gooley

A couple of weeks ago I was out early for a breakfast radio show, and I happened to hear a guy on the radio talking about the art of finding your way in the world without the help of man-made devices. He was an expert on ‘natural navigation’, orienting yourself entirely with the signs and […]

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economics users guide chang

Economics: The User’s Guide, by Ha-Joon Chang

Most people don’t find economics very engaging. Ha-Joon Chang knows this, which is why the first chapter of his new book is about why should you read it, and how. You can skip the boring bits, he says. If you don’t have much time, read the first two chapters and the end. There’s even a […]

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cheaponomics

Book review: Cheaponomics, by Michael Carolan

People have always been suckers for a bargain, but the pressure to deliver cheap prices has become a key driving force of our consumer economy. The prices of many things, from clothes to household appliances, have consistently fallen in recent decades. More and more of us have been able to buy the things we want […]

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rough ride to the future

A rough ride to the future, by James Lovelock

James Lovelock is one of Britain’s most influential scientists. For most of his career he worked independently, a free ranging maverick who could turn his mind to anything that caught his imagination. He came up with Gaia theory, invented the measuring devices that made it possible to detect CFCs in the atmosphere, and built tools […]

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The Death of Money, by James Rickards

Books called ‘the death of’ something or ‘the end of’ are almost never about the literal end of that thing. Money can’t die, after all – if all else fails, we can use ringpulls, or marbles, or spoons. So the book isn’t about the death of money per se. It’s about the decline of the […]

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I spend therefore I am

How to live a non-economic life

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed I Spend, Therefore I Am, by Philip Roscoe. It’s a serious book that deals with how economic language and modes of thinking has crept into everyday life, and what the consequences might be. Philip Roscoe’s guide to a non-economic life is not quite so serious, but it makes […]

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