Keggie Carew, author of Beastly: A New History of Animals and Us recommends a lovely collection of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Keggie's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson.
From the great late E.O.Wilson, his proposal to save us from the environmental catastrophe of mass extinctions by safeguarding some vital regions around the globe - which he identifies - for nature to thrive. Wilson believed that the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats is the folly that our descendants are least likely to forgive. I agree!
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The Brilliant Abyss: True Tales of Exploring the Deep Sea, Discovering Hidden Life and Selling the Seabed by Helen Scales.
Scales is both a brilliant scientist and a brilliant writer. She dives deep to paint a fascinating and vivid world of creatures we little know. It is utterly riveting, fascination, and astonishing in equal measure. This is an urgent book which I urge everyone to read.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
The most difficult question of all! I’m going to choose The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. BUT I’m going to cheat and name the books that I cannot forsake: Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne with Ernest Shepherd’s illustrations; Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm; The Narnia Tales by C.S. Lewis; Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach; Ethel and Ernest by the great Raymond Briggs. All, works of genius.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper, because I underline and write all over the books I like, and often return to them.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Little Toller in Beaminster is also a brilliant publisher; and the brilliant Folde Dorset in Shaftesbury specialises in books about nature and the natural world.
Image Copyrights: Canongate Books (Beastly: A New History of Animals and Us), WW Norton & Co (Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life), Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (The Brilliant Abyss: True Tales of Exploring the Deep Sea, Discovering Hidden Life and Selling the Seabed), HarperCollins Publishers (The Little Prince).