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Neil's Books on the Train

Neil
 
After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000 - 5000 BC
After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000 - 5000 BC
"Brilliant book that describes how humans like us really adapted to their changing environment after the end of the ice age which was a dramatic global warming event about 9600BC.  Not so long ago."
Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
"More an engaging autobiographical collection of experiences.  But his writing is so clear you feel you are there particuarly if you like the outdoors yourself."
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
"Quite scientific , but fascinating explanation that music and language are complementary human communication methods in our brains and in practice.  Concludes that Neanderthals could sing but not talk"
A Walk Around the Lakes: A Visit to Britain's Lake District
A Walk Around the Lakes: A Visit to Britain's Lake District
"Slightly quirky English sense of humour, but made our holiday in the Lakes less superficial and more enjoyable"
Remarkable Creatures
Remarkable Creatures
"Bought this after searching for fossils at Lyme.  Scientific novel about Mary Anning.  Brings to life the typical struggles a new scientific idea faces against the existing thoughts of society"
The Making of Modern Britain
The Making of Modern Britain
"Very readable history of the early 20th century.  Puts the amount of change we are actually living through..i.e. not much compared to what our grandparents experienced, electoral reform, poverty, wars"
59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot
59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot
"From the train station.  A proper scientific self awareness book.  Did you know that having a green image near you makes you more creative.  Touch someone on the upper arm and they will agree more"
An Equal Stillness
An Equal Stillness
"A station bookshop bestseller.  Evocative novel in the form of a biography of an artist, similar to Barbara Hepworth, - Cornwall, many struggles in life.  Moral - keep going life is good but not easy"
Barack Obama: Dreams from My Father (A Story of Race and Inheritance)
Barack Obama: Dreams from My Father (A Story of Race and Inheritance)
"Enlightening.  He really is a global individual, who is emotionally as much Kenyan as American.  He is right for the world, but not a tea party redneck American !"
No and Me
No and Me
"I did read some novels.  French story of a teenager growing up. Be brave , have a go, it wont always work, but you will learn and maybe make things better for others and yourself"