Monday 20 February 2012


A Book of Noises: audio edition (2024)

A Book of Noises: print editions Granta, University of Chicago Press (2023)

Social Media etc.

Full of Noises (Substack)

Some articles, reviews, interviews: 
Excerpts from A Book of Noises published in Nautilus magazine: What we can hear in space, The northern lights make music, What plants hear, Could onomatopoeia be the origin of language?
'Consider Every Drop' - review essay of The Three Ages of Water by Peter Gleick, Blue Machine by Helen Czerski, and The Bathysphere Book by Brad Fox, The Financial Times, 5 July 2023
Review of Flying Green by Christopher de Bellaigue, Literary Review, May 2023 
The Nature of Flourishing - talk at the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, Oxford University, 28 February 2023
Review of The Lost Rainforests of Britain by Guy Shrubsole, The Spectator, 14 January 2023 
Review of An Immense World by Ed Yong, and Sounds Wild and Broken by David George Haskell, The Spectator, 25 June 2022 
Review of The Sea Is Not Made of Water by Adam Nicolson, The Financial Times, 17 June 2021 
The hydrogen revolution in the skies, BBC Future Planet, 8 April 2021 
Review of Island Dreams by Gavin Francis, and I Am An Island by Tamsin Calidas, The Guardian, 21 November 2020 
Five books on long-term thinking with Roman Krznaric, July 2020 
Review of Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell, Nature, 22 April 2020 
Five books on the deep future with David Farrier,  April 2020
Review of Losing Eden by Lucy Jones, The Accidental Countryside by Stephen Moss, and Greenery by Tim Dee, The Spectator, 28 March 2020 
The best science books of 2019 interview with Barbara Kiser at Five Books
Reef Life by Callum Roberts review in The Guardian, 16 November 2019 
The Frayed Atlantic Edge by David Gange review in the Spectator 27 July 2019 
Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman review in The Guardian, 12 July 2019 
Backlisted: The Baron in the Trees (podcast), 24 June 2019 
Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future review in The Guardian, 3 April 2019
Posts at Inside Out, Perspectiva
Chasing the Sun review in The Guardian, 12 January 2019 
Interviews for Five Books
Talk with Stephen Sparks of Point Reyes Books, 6 December 2017
Climate change and uncertainty: interview with Kate Marvel, Five Books, 13 November 2017
Science and wonder: Five Books, 2 November 2017
Awe inspiring: do moments of wonder make us nicer people?, The Observer, 29 October 2017
Have we underestimated the emotional intelligence of animals? review essay in Financial Times, 28 October 2017
Climate change fiction: interview with James Bradley, Five Books, 25 October 2017
Five books on rethinking economics: interview with Kate Raworth, 2 October 2017
Five books on pollution: interview with Rebecca Altman, 21 September 2017
Five books on the politics of climate change: interview with Naomi Oreskes, 11 September 2017 
Five books on energy transitions: interview with Chris Goodall, 7 September 2017
Review: Paleoart by Zoë Lescaze, 1843 Magazine, 31 July 2017 
Review: RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR by Philip Hoare, Financial Times, 21 July 2017 
Five Books about trees: interview with David George Haskell, 13 July 2017
Review: The Songs of Trees by David George Haskell, The Guardian, 7 July 2017
Review: Arboreal, Nature,  20 October 2016
The Wonderer and his Shadow, 19 September 2015
Review: Curiosity by Alberto Manguel, Guardian, 25 July 2015. Further notes here
Review: How to Clone a Mammoth by Judith Shapiro, Spectator, 16 May 2015
Review: The Vital Question by Nick Lane, Telegraph, 24 April 2015
Review: Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane, Resurgence, May/June 2015
Review: The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time by Roberto Unger and Lee Smolin, Guardian, 6 February 2015. Additional comments here
On Blake Blackwell/Inspired by Blake, 9 January 2015
Review: Ten Million Aliens by Simon Barnes, Telegraph, 9 November 2014 
Review: The Copernicus Complex by Caleb Scharf, Telegraph, 5 September 2014. Additional notes here 
Review: Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom and A Rough Ride to the Future, Guardian, 17 July 2014, plus additional notes
Review: Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince, Telegraph, 5 July 2014 
Review: The Hunt for the Golden Mole by Richard Girling, Telegraph, 25 May 2014
A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene: list of contents and film, Athens Science Festival, 4 May 2014
Review: Galápagos by Henry Nichols, Guardian, 2 April 2014
Richard Mabey: a page in the life, Telegraph, 29 March 2014   Additional notes here
Why light inspires ritual - interview with Veronica Strang, Nautilus, 27 March 2014

Looking for Wonder, Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham, 24 March and Wondering about Wonder, School of Life, 26 March 2014
Warning signs: why street artist ATM is painting London's endangered birds, Guardian 22 March 2014
Review: The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, Telegraph, 28 February 2014
Review: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, Guardian, 14 February 2014   Additional notes here 
Review: Sonic Wonderland by Trevor Cox, Guardian, 18 January 2014. Additional notes here
Top books of 2013, The Big Issue
Review: The Accidental Species by Henry Gee, Telegraph, 1 December 2013
Review: Five Billion Years of Solitude by Lee Billings, Guardian, 21 November 2013.  Additional notes here
Free the Arctic 30, London Review of Books Blog, 8 November 2013
Review: Birds and People by Mark Cocker, Literary Review, September 2013

The Death and Life of the Frontier, Nautilus Quarterly, 29 August 2013 (extract published online with additional notes here and here)
Review: The Sea Inside by Philp Hoare, Guardian, 30 May 2013
Review: Weird Life by David Toomey,  Literary Review, May 2013
Review: The Serpent's Promise by Steve Jones, Telegraph, 7 May 2013
Octopus: The Footed Void, New York Review of Books, 30 April 2013
Imagining the World, Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 April 2013
'My top climate change reads' by Richard Betts, chinadialogue, 18 April 2013
Growing up in the Anthropocene, Five Books, 12 April 2013
Waterbear, The Coffin Factory, 27 March 2013
Review: The Silence of Animals by John Gray, Telegraph, 3 March 2013
'My top China ecological and spiritual books' by Martin Palmer, chinadialogue, 14 February 2013
'My top sustainable investment reads' by Nick Robins, chinadialogue, 11 February  2013
An Okavango in Oxford, More Intelligent Life, 10 December 2012
Rereading The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges, Guardian, 23 November 2012
Top ten: nature writing, Guardian, 10 October 2012
Nature beyond our wildest imaginings, New Scientist, 9 October 2012
Webs of Perception, Aeon, 25 September 2012
Battle for the Seas - interview with Callum Roberts, chinadialogue, 8 June 2012
Hypnagogia, Archipelago 5, 2011
Ocean acidification: the other CO2 problem, New Scientist, 5 August 2006
A Pacific Odyssey, openDemocracy, 2004
Cape Farewell: An Arctic Diary, openDemocracy, 2003 

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