Rebecca Nesbit, author of Tickets for the Ark: What we should conserve and why in this age of extinctions recommends a fantastic group of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Rebecca's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Behave by Robert Sapolsky. It has clarified my thinking about free will (or lack of it), and helped me understand the way people act. This knowledge doesn't make all behaviours acceptable - some are very damaging. But it makes forgiveness easier, and I think it should prompt us to reimagine criminal justice.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I'm currently reading Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn. I'm enjoying the stories it tells - from spoil heaps in Scotland to a no-mans land in Cyprus. I also think it has an important message about nature in landscapes shaped and abandoned by humans. Brownfield sites can be very diverse, and have a beauty we should learn to appreciate.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
This is slightly hard because I barely read any books while I was at secondary school - I was put off by the reading journal my school expected me to keep. However, the book that springs to mind is Swallows and Amazons. I've been a keen sailor since I was a child, and I loved the sense of adventure. When I was older I enjoyed David Attenborough's Life of Birds.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Books are beautiful, and a lasting reminder of what I've read. They're also easier to lend to people. However, nothing beats my Kindle for convenience, and from an environmental perspective I suspect my ancient Kindle beats printing and transporting new books.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Alison's in Tewkesbury, where I grew up. It is such a friendly and welcoming environment.
Many thanks to Rebecca for recommending a fantastic group of books! Please don't forget to check out Rebecca's book Tickets for the Ark: What we should conserve and why in this age of extinctions .
Image Copyrights: Profile Books Ltd (Tickets For The Ark), Vintage Publishing (Behave, Swallows and Amazons), HarperCollins Publishers (Islands of Abandonment), Princeton University Press (The Life of Birds).