- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; Reprint edition (11 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408194074
- ISBN-13: 978-1408194072
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jameson... has skillfully stiched together a narrative that reveals the highs and lows of conservation, and will, I am sure, convince many that the good fight is still worth it. Birdwatch A clear and concise historical overview of the failures and successes of the conservation movement since the 1960s; and it will rightly find a place on many a conservationist's bookshelf.' -- British Birds
'In Silent Spring Revisited, Conor Mark Jameson's vividly told, beautifully written account of the environmentalist movement of the last fifty years and his own involvement in it, the author takes his place among the pre-eminent nature writers of our times. His clear, vivid writing skillfully weaves political and cultural history, personal observation and passionate advocacy for the conservation of our diminishing wildlife to create a book that will endure in the annals of natural history.' -- Marie Winn, author of Red-Tails in Love and Central Park in the Dark
'Your book was riveting. It gave rise to several different emotions within me, Sadness/anger/despair/frustration/enthusiasm. Wonderfully written, intersperced with humour. Factual - it must have taken you forever to do the research. Cracking good stuff and needed to be said. All you need to do now is to get everyone who matters to read it.' --John McGlashan, Farmer
About the Author
Conor Mark Jameson has written for The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, The Ecologist, Africa Geographic, New Zealand's Wilderness magazine, Birdwatch and Birdwatching magazines and has been a scriptwriter for the BBC Natural History Unit. He is a columnist and feature writer for Birds magazine, and has worked in conservation for 20 years, in the UK and abroad. He was born in Uganda to Irish parents, brought up in Scotland, and now lives in England. He lives in a village an hour north of London, with a garden that Google Earth indicates may be reverting to woodland.
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Top Customer Reviews
I wasn't disappointed. The book - while covering some important stuff - is totally accessible and a delight to read.
Personal and poignant moments are combined with the history of Rachel Carson's work and the importance of her legacy today. At times moving, at times lyrical, this book combines serious fact and comment with some unique insights that reveal Jameson's genuine passion for our planet and the wildlife that walks upon or flies above it.
The accessibility and compelling nature of this book has inspired me to find out more about the history of environmentalism and how it affects the landscape we have now.
Highly recommended - for anyone who just loves a good read, as well natural history writing fans, bird and wildlife lovers, countryside aficionados and conservationists.
The author's voice is writ large over this book and provides much of the central colour. His passion for the subject matter is clear, but communicated in a way that is inclusive. I think this book is a good read for all - but will be particularly appreciated by those with an interest in nature - whether walker, gardener, traveller or fully fledged conservationist.
"Essential reading for all contemporary environmentalists... A rich and important record of the triumphs and disasters. Anyone who has grown up enthralled by nature, will enjoy the young Conor's early experiences of wildlife and how the interest turned into a healthy obsession."
"If Nick Hornby loved nature, he might write a book like this."
Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Conservation
"An autobiographical strand gives a human aspect to the narrative, and there are a lot of fascinating details... the author succeeds, with a readable book which refreshed my memory."
"A trip down memory lane... a history lesson it certainly is, but stodgy it is not. Anecdotes and details bring the decades to life... It is very important that we have this book's clear record of what happened."
"A lively read... what makes Jameson's work especially enjoyable is the personal slant... This is a book that needs to be read."
"A fine writer, who weaves together an artist's sensibility with a conservationist's sense of reality... a vital read."
"Jameson uses Rachel Carson's 1962 work Silent Spring as a focus for reflection on conservation and environmentalism in the decades since then."
"Some lovely stories, and I really enjoyed dipping into the years and remembering. A delightful pot pourri".
"Lifted by the personal notes into an entertaining and easy read."
"A tale worthy of Edgar Allan Poe at his hair-raising best... every conservationist, every naturalist and every environmentalist should read Silent Spring Revisited... it should become a standard school textbook if the planet is to be saved."
There's a lot of information to take in (well it was an ambitious task to write), with many facts, details of research, questions and ideas, but at times it does feel like reading a list - with some details hurried over and others seeming irrelevant or missed-out, in what is a very rapid run-down and condensing of more than 50 years of stuff. It does also feel at times like a hopeless, depressing record of one oil spill after another..... but, that is what happened/is happening, and small bits of hope are restored in other places. It focuses heavily on the RSPB and it's achievements (fair enough as the author works for them), and as the author says in the beginning - it is written from a very personal standpoint. However, it does well to bring-in news headlines, events in popular culture, and in generally trying to convey the wider political atmosphere and context of each year - all very important in trying to understand The Bigger Picture.
What really makes this book for me, is that the "story" is also punctuated with autobiographical accounts and memories; the author growing up, and embarking through a life and career shaped and enriched by birds. This personal dimension adds poignancy, humour, insight and comment. It makes it a very human story, which I wasn't necessarily expecting from the cover/other reviews.
Overall an enjoyable, very readable and personable writing style, and a valuable insight into the decades which I am too young to know personally.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book if you are interested in caring for the planet and humanity. It is very broad in the way it approaches things. Still applicable today. A good readPublished 2 months ago by Christina Macleod
Although I haven't read Silent Spring I was intrigued by this book as someone who is interested both in modern history and wildlife conservation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The title of this book, pegged to the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's `Silent Spring' (published in 1962), is somewhat misleading. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Phil O'Sofa
If you care about nature conservation - and you should because it's so inextricably linked with the health and future of our fragile planet - then this is the definitive history of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephen
I bought this book since I was looking for a book on how the environmental movement had developed in relation to landmark events over the last 50 years. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. McCollin
This really is a compelling read. Whether or not we realise it, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was a huge catalyst for change for the environmental political landscape in the UK and... Read morePublished on 8 May 2013 by JenTurner
Silent Spring is a great read, as someone who appreciates nature this book explains in an easy manner how that nature has been under threat from mankind and how the good folk at... Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Chris Murray
This is a hopeful book, despite the seemingly hopeless situation we find ourselves in, where we appear to be in danger of destroying the earth with our need for profits. Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by ANG
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