A fascinating account of an ambitious and daring project. Those who have been to Eden will agree that it has achieved so much of what Tim and his colleagues set out to achieve.
The book is, like Eden, so many things. A gripping (true) yarn, an educational piece, something which makes you question society and global issues and finally an insight into one intelligent and individual man crusade to be independant and do something meaningful.
Overall, you finish this book wanting to leave the house and visit Eden right this minute - even if you've just been there. You also want to meet co-founder Tim Smit - who, by the way, desevedly earned a CBE for his genius - and discover what else he has written.
Whilst Tim's cultivated eccenticity and orderly randomness are things which make both the book and the Eden Project so amazing, they also form the book's sole failing. The closely juxtaposed narratives on architecture, social history, ecology, managing people, horticulture, struggle, education and major project building make for a very entertaining read.
However, missing from that list are the legal, financial and political battles which seemed to have been Eden's most formidable and boring enemies - yet they feature very heavily in sections of the book. Sadly they're inevitable from these projects, and waste a lot of public and charitable money, and perhaps these are two reasons why Tim shouldn't have focussed so heavily on them in this otherwise uplifting and fascinating book. I'm sure they'd fit nicer in a separate specialist book.