Matt Winning, author of Hot Mess: What on earth can we do about climate change? recommends a brilliant set of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Matt's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
That is a tough one. I have read an awful lot of climate change books recently, all of which I have enjoyed in different ways but I don't think I do have a favourite. The most recent one was Saving Us by Katharine Hayhoe which I would 100% recommend. It is about about how one of the most importnat things we can start doing to tackle climate change is to talk about it. She gives lots of first hand anecodates about times she has spoken with audiences and people who aren't necessarily inclined to accept the science. She is a climate scientist and a Christian so it is an interesting combination and she speaks with such positivity and clarity about the reasons why people choose to ignore or deny the world's greatest existential crisis. Great succinct book. And I've just started reading A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate. Only a chapter in at the moment but I'm already finding it powerful hearing about her perspective on climate issues coming from Uganda.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Ah, I guess I've just answered this question. We just had a baby in 2020 and so the only other books I have had time for have been kids books. And I guess those are smart thinking if you are 17 months old. Most recetly is Wow, Said the Owl which is about teaching colours. I'm not so sure your readers will require this but always good to brush up I guess.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
My favoutite book as a teenager was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. And similarly, a little later was Catch 22 which is still the funniest book I've ever read. These books are both untouchable, mostly due to when I read them. Weirdly, I hated Catcher in the Rye though.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I do have some stats on which of these is best from an enviornmental perspective in my book. However, that aside, paper is what I enjoy the most. Preferably on a beach or next to a pool. There is something about the smell of a book that has been out in the sun many times. But I don't get much of a chance to do that so mostly I listen to audiobook at the moment.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Blackwells in Edinburgh is my favourite bookshop from my time at University there.
Many thanks to Matt for recommending a brilliant set of books! Please don't forget to check out Matt's book Hot Mess: What on earth can we do about climate change?.
Image Copyrights: Headline Publishing Group (Hot Mess), Simon & Schuster (Saving Us), Pan Macmillan (A Bigger Picture, Wow Said The Owl), Penguin Books Ltd (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Vintage Publishing (Catch-22).