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How green Are My Wellies?: Small Steps And Giant Leaps To Green Living With Style [Paperback]

Anna Shepard
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21 May 2009

Do you think 'turning green' means becoming dull? Anna Shepard doesn't. Part personal experience, part manual, How Green Are My Wellies? describes her efforts to live a life that is both fun and sparkly green. Month by month, she explores everything from avocado cleansers to guerrilla gardening to worm-racing in order to perfect the art of being green. Discover how to slim down your waste and throw a clothes-swap party; go in search of green love; and start dreaming of a green Christmas!

Funny, heart-warming and charged with infectious enthusiasm, How Green Are My Wellies? demonstrates unequivocally that you can be green with style.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Eden Project Books (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905811217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905811212
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As an eco-ignoraumus, I have longed for guidance on how to ward off climate change and save our planet. Anna Shepard's wonderful book provides the answer and has been a complete revelation. With humour, charm and gentle chiding, she really does help us to change our lives. Some of her ideas you will embrace joyfully, others will make you scream with irritation, then probably embrace joyfully at a later date. Anna writes beautifully. Many of her suggestions are so sensible and practical and she never preaches." (Jilly Cooper)

"I love this book! Anna's journey to reduce her carbon welly-print is fun and funny, with so much sound, practical advice that it makes you think, yes, we can save the polar bears (and the human race!) Really readable and informative and not at all preachy. Anna just became the Marian Keyes of greener living." (JO FAIRLEY, co-founder, Green & Black's)

"She is practical without being eco-pious, funny without being eco-fundamentalist. Who else would tell you that vegans use condoms made from cocoa powder?" (The Times)

"One instantly warms to [Anna's] chatty manner and frank admission that she commits eco sins regularly in her mission to live a more ethical existence . . . there is no doubting her enthusiasm to prove you can be green with style is infectious." (Marie Claire - BUY OF THE DAY)

"Chatty and accessible . . . as easy to dip in and out of as it is to read from cover to cover . . . an informative read that keeps encouraging you to take action whilst keeping it light hearted and fun." (

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Easy and appealing green living, written especially for female readers Anna Shepard shows us how to have fun with clear conscience.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! loved it. 17 July 2008
By Darp
I loved this brilliant book and felt quite bereft when it was over.

It reads like a mix of the diary of a hilarious friend you wish you had, and an inspirational entirely achievable no mumbo-jumbo guide to living more in sync with the planet's, and your own, needs. It's warm, witty, irresistible and funny as well as offering tons of practical ideas and pointers.

On the environmental side it's very informative whilst remaining light and cheerful, and debunks some annoying myths and clarifies others. I found it great for letting me know what I could realistically and pleasurably be doing to contribute less to what's changing our weather and our lives for the worse.

On the human side it's an honest account of a year in the life of anna, a fun sounding spirited young woman who writes a column for a british national paper about green issues, and her boyfriend, her garden, their life in london, and her quest to be as green as her column, but green with style, aplomb and wit. Marvellous and life-altering stuff, and I've bought copies for all my girl friends and sisters for their birthdays.

Call me sad but I wanted to be one of her friends... They all sounded so idyllic and fun and like they were really living life to the full. In fact I have to admit that on finishing I turned straight to the beginning and started again! I would have liked an afterword to sum it all up as I was so reluctant that it should end, but I'm hoping its absence means that there is going to be a sequel.

Thoroughly recommended for hipsters who want some of the goodlife, and eco-sceptics who think climate change is just for hippies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would suit every and anyone 27 July 2009
By Ponytail VINE VOICE
This should become required reading for everyone in Britain who wants to start doing their bit for the environment. The author writes in a very compeling, chatty style, and mixes up experiences from her own life with tips for how to make the changes in your own. There's a range of suggestions, from wrapping paper to wormeries. Actually, there's quite a lot more about wormeries than you'd expect, but she does admit she's quite obsessed.
She is aware enough to know that people have their own levels of what they're prepared to change balanced with what they'll never give up, and she doesn't preach. She is incredibly enthusiastic and seems really happy with the choices she's made, she doesn't come over all po-faced and self-satisfied.
This was a pleasure to read and I know it's going to make a change to my behaviour (in the middle of reading this, I cleared out my wardrobe and filled a bag with donations for my local Cancer Research UK charity shop).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, immensely readable and very useful! 21 April 2009
Not only did I really enjoy this book, it's also been genuinely inspiring - being green doesn't have to be all self-denial and sandals. Anna Shepard's tips for a greener life are both practical and entertaining - I've already planted my first crop of chilli plants and used many other of her ideas to great success. Her writing style is cheerful and funny - this was one of the first books I actually managed to read as a sleep-deprived mother with the concentration span of a goldfish! How Green Are My Wellies is well worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't get greener! 17 Sep 2008
Already green at heart and in mind, I treated myself to this book. I know Anna's column at The Times, which I always find highly informative and entertaining (which is a good thing, as informative doesn't always equal entertaining). The books is along the same lines with lots of practical tips and amusing details about her own trials and errors. Being green isn't always easy! She really is in love with her worms and wormery - and after reading her account it was only living on the 4th floor without access to a garden that prevented me to rush out and get my own worms.

The book is a really good way of introducing dithering friends to the art of being green. They may not want to follow everything suggested in the book, but - to paraphrase that not-so-green supermarket 'every little step helps'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V. enjoyable 15 July 2008
I've just finished this and have thoroughly enjoyed it. As I am feeling guilty about the number of flights I'm taking this year it was soothing to think of other ways to infuse my life with green-ness. Plus Anna Shepherd's anecdotes are very amusing! I'd definitely recommend this to others - green-leaning or not - who I guarantee will find this a v. entertaining and interesting read too.
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