Miles Richardson, author of Reconnection: Fixing our Broken Relationship with Nature recommends a great group of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Miles's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Several, but selecting one I'd go for The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World by David Abram. It weaves together philosophy, anthropology, and personal accounts that awaken the senses and ignite a deeper connection with the natural world. It was one of the first books I read that helped me see the boundaries between human and non-human dissolve - how our mind is both our body and the landscape. Abram helped me reevaluate my relationship with nature and appreciate the intricate interplay between perception, language, and the vibrant natural world around us.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock. I thought it was good, a compelling, at times slightly disturbing, exploration of the potential impact of hyperintelligence on our future. For such a topic it's accessible covering some of the intricacies of artificial intelligence and its implications for humanity. It has science, speculative imagination, and is an engaging short read about the evolving relationship between humans and technology.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Yes, The Observer's Book of Birds from 1976. A simple guide book to birds in the UK, that I annotated, more scribbled in, as a young child.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper for me, yet to try an audiobook!
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
The Accidental Bookshop in Alnwick, mainly because of how close it is to Harry's Bar - a micropub serving fine ales.
Many thanks to Miles for recommending a great group of books! Please don't forget to check out Reconnection: Fixing our Broken Relationship with Nature.
Image Copyrights: Pelagic Publishing (Reconnection), Vintage (The Spell of the Sensuous), Penguin Books Ltd (Novacene), Frederick Warne / Observer (The Observer's Book of Birds).