Michael Pollan offers this indispensable handbook for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible and easy to use, ‘Food Rules’ is a set of memorable adages or ‘personal policies’ for eating wisely, gathered from a wide variety of sources.
Provocative and playful, ‘All Art is Ecological’ explores the strangeness of living in an age of mass extinction, and shows us that emotions and experience are the basis for a deep philosophical engagement with ecology.
Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Here, in twenty short books, ‘Penguin Classics’ brings you the ideas that have changed the way we think and talk about the living Earth.
In this personal and wide-ranging exploration of how our collective imaginations fail to grasp the scale of environmental destruction, Amitav Ghosh summons writers and novelists to confront the most urgent story of our times.
With fierce imagination, a woman revisits the moments that shape her life; from crushes on teachers to navigating relationships in a fast-paced world; from overhearing her grandmothers’ peculiar stories to nurturing her own personal freedom and a boundless love of literature. Fusing fantasy with lived experience, ‘Checkout 19’ is a vivid and mesmerising journey through the small traumas and triumphs that define us – as readers, as writers, as human beings.
Edinburgh, winter of 1574. Queen Mary has fled Scotland, to raise an army from the French. Her son and heir, Jamie, is held under protection in Stirling Castle. John Knox is dead. The people are unmoored and lurching under the uncertain governance of this riven land. It’s a deadly time for young student Will Fowler, short of stature, low of birth but mightily ambitious, to make his name. Told by a character whose rise mirrors the conflicts he narrates, ‘Rose Nicolson’ is a vivid, passionate and unforgettable novel of this most dramatic period of Scotland’s history.
Forget everything you thought you knew about fish cookery: through the medium of 15 fish and 60 mind-blowing recipes, Take One FishÂ is an affirmation that there are no rules, only an endless world of culinary possibilities.Â
How do our roots in the land define us? Hidden in the breath-taking mountains of wild Scotland, Glen Conach is the home of secrets and stories, of fables and folklore. Over hundreds of years, three lives are woven together. In ancient Britain, the hermit Saint Conach performs impossible miracles, which survive as legend in ‘The Book of Glen Conach’. Generations later in the nineteenth century, the book is rediscovered by charlatan Charles Gibb, who hustles his way into the big house at the heart of the village. In the present-day, young Lachie whispers to Maja of ghosts he has seen in the glen. Reflecting back on her long life, Maja believes him, as she has some ghosts of her own. From author James Robertson, ‘News of the Dead’ is a captivating examination of the distance between the stories we tell of ourselves and the way in which we are remembered.
Take a story and shrink it. Make it tiny, so small it can fit in the palm of your hand. Carry the story with you everywhere, let it sit with you while you eat, let it watch you while you sleep. Keep it safe, you never know when you might need it. In Kawakami’s super short ‘palm of the hand’ stories the world is never quite as it should be: a small child lives under a sheet near his neighbour’s house for thirty years; an apartment block leaves its visitors with strange afflictions, from fast-growing beards to an ability to channel the voices of the dead; an old man has two shadows, one docile, the other rebellious; two girls named Yoko are locked in a bitter rivalry to the death. Small but great, you’ll find great delight spending time with the people in this neighbourhood.
Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD. A decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father’s dementia and family silences that may never be addressed, begins to test boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks to escape his father Toohey’s tyranny and heal the wounds inflicted by it. ‘Act of Grace’ is a meditation on inheritance: the damage that one generation bestows upon the next, and the potential for transformation.