Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

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Penguin Books, 2014 - Applied ecology - 336 pages
How many of us sometimes feel that we are scratching at the walls of this life, seeking to find our way into a wider space beyond? That our mild, polite existence sometimes seems to crush the breath out of us?Feralis the lyrical and gripping story of George Monbiot's efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way of living. He shows how, by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can bring wonder back into our lives. Making use of some remarkable scientific discoveries, Ferallays out a new, positive environmentalism, in which nature is allowed to find its own way. 'Passionate, brilliant, timely . . . we need such big thinking . . . let the wild rumpus start.' Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph'Feral reflects a very real need in us all right now to be released from our claustrophobic monoculture and sense of powerlessness . . . To rewild both the landscape and ourselves. It is the most positive and daring environmental book I have read.' Thom Yorke'His passion is for a wilder world, a world less circumscribed by fear and greed. And he's right . . . he refreshes your view.' Simon Barnes,The Times'To read this seminal, subversive, sometimes intoxicating book could mean never to look at our landscape in quite the same way again.' Michael Viney, Irish Times 'It imagines the lives we no longer lead, but might, the species that no longer exist, but could.' Robert Macfarlane 'Made me dream of seeing lynx and beavers roaming the countryside.' Ali Shaw, Observer, Books of the Year

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User Review  - GalenWiley - LibraryThing

To be an environmentalist early in the twenty-first century is always to be defending, arguing, acknowledging the hurdles we face in our efforts to protect wild places and fight climate change. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - deckehoe - LibraryThing

I've always enjoyed and found myself vigorously nodding in agreement with Monbiot's articles in The Guardian so this book tempted me hugely. It didn't disappoint. I agree fully with his rewilding vision and this call of the wild stirred something deep inside this suburbanite. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

George Monbiot studied zoology at Oxford, and has spent his career as a journalist and environmentalist, working with others to defend the natural world he loves. His celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling books Captive State, The Age of Consent, Bring on the Apocalypse and Heat, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His latest book, Feral, was shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year award. Among the many prizes he has won is the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, presented to him by Nelson Mandela.

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