Helen Pilcher, author of Small Inventions that Made a Big Difference recommends a great selection of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Helen's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I’ve been obsessed with moths from a young age. I run a light trap in my garden most nights, and delight in its daily contents. I remove the moths, one at a time, photograph them, record them, and then set them free. It makes me happy. It’s no surprise, perhaps, that my favourite smart thinking book is Much Ado About Mothing by James Lowen. It describes Lowen’s year-long quest to see some of Britain’s rarest and most remarkable moths. It’s entertaining, funny and fosters a much-needed love of the wild.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I still have my original copy of The Young Naturalist’s Handbook on the shelf next to my desk. It may feel retro and dated now, but it reminds me of how I fell in love with wildlife when I was a child.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
We spend too much time on screens already, so paper for me. I usually have 5 or 6 books on the go at any one time, and they end up stacked precariously, Jenga-style, next to my bed.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Kenilworth Books (@KenilworthBook) in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. They’re local, independent, super-friendly, involved in tonnes of community projects, and brew a lovely cup of tea. They’re also not Jeff Bezos!
Image Copyrights: Welbeck Publishing Group (Small Inventions that Made a Big Difference), Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (Much Ado About Mothing), Little, Brown Book Group (Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy), Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (Young Naturalist's Handbook).