Irreplaceable: The fight to save our wild places

Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 09/04/2020
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Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2020 For readers of George Monbiot, Mark Cocker and Robert Macfarlane - an urgent and lyrical account of endangered places around the globe and the people fighting to save them. All across the world, irreplaceable habitats are under threat. Unique ecosystems of plants and animals are being destroyed by human intervention. From the tiny to the vast, from marshland to meadow, and from Kent to Glasgow to India to America, they are disappearing. Irreplaceable is not only a love letter to the haunting beauty of these landscapes and the wild species that call them home, including nightingales, lynxes, hornbills, redwoods and elephant seals, it is also a timely reminder of the vital connections between humans and nature, and all that we stand to lose in terms of wonder and wellbeing. This is a book about the power of resistance in an age of loss; a testament to the transformative possibilities that emerge when people come together to defend our most special places and wildlife from extinction. Exploring treasured coral reefs and remote mountains, tropical jungle and ancient woodland, urban allotments and tallgrass prairie, Julian Hoffman traces the stories of threatened places around the globe through the voices of local communities and grassroots campaigners as well as professional ecologists and academics. And in the process, he asks what a deep emotional relationship with place offers us - culturally, socially and psychologically. In this rigorous, intimate and impassioned account, he presents a powerful call to arms in the face of unconscionable natural destruction.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241979495
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 287g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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This book gave me sunburn
This book gave me sunburn. I take a book when I walk and read when I rest. The compelling stories of fragility, carelessness and commitment to conservatio... READ MORE
Jamie Normington
In defence of nature
If you have ever had a connection, a bond with a wild place and have somehow left it behind, this is the book to reconnect you. It speaks in heartbreakingl... READ MORE
Patricia Cooney
Beautifully written
Gorgeous poetic prose and an impassioned, fascinating look at what we consider precious in the natural world, and what we are at risk of losing.