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Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding by [Monbiot, George]
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George Monbiot is always original - both in the intelligence of his opinions and the depth and rigour of his research. In this unusual book he presents a persuasive argument for a new future for the planet, one in which we consciously progress from just conserving nature to actively rebuilding it (Brian Eno)

A Book of Revelations for our times (Farley Mowat)

Feral has really opened my mind to the history and possibilities of our landscape. It reflects a very real need in us all right now to be released from our claustrophobic monoculture and sense of powerlessness. To break the straight lines into endless branches. To free our land from its absent administrators. To rewild both the landscape and ourselves. It is the most positive and daring environmental book I have read. In order to change our world you have to be able to see a better one. I think George has done that (Thom Yorke)

Part personal journal, part rigorous (and riveting) natural history, but above all unbridled vision for a less cowed, more self-willed planet, this is a book that will change the way you think about the natural world, and your place in it. Big, bold and beautifully written, his vision of a rewilded world is, well, truly captivating (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)

It could not be more rigorously researched, more elegantly delivered, or more timely. We need such big thinking for our own sakes and those of our children. Bring on the wolves and whales, I say, and, in the words of Maurice Sendak, let the wild rumpus start (Philip Hoare Sunday Telegraph (Book of the Week))

This is prose style as auditory experience; what majesty the eye notes in the landscape is echoed in the vocabulary. ... This is nature writing prepared to go off at a tangent when it needs to, prepared to explore the byways of our passions. Yes, there is a wildness here and it's a welcome one (Independent)

About the Author

George Monbiot studied zoology at Oxford, and has spent his career as a journalist and environmentalist, working with others to defend the natural world he loves. His celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling books Captive State, The Age of Consent, Bring on the Apocalypse and Heat, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His latest book, Feral, was shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year award. Among the many prizes he has won is the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, presented to him by Nelson Mandela.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1456 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141975598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141975597
  • ASIN: B00AHO28MW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a really rather good book – not perfect, but one that makes you stop and think ‘do I agree with what I have just read?’

In reality this is almost two books rather than one – the first is about developing a greater connection between people and the land on which they live. This is ‘re-wilding people’. The second is about taking a less interventionist approach to wildlife management, by allowing nature a freer hand to build new ecosystems.

The first is a reasonably well-trodden path - and is based on the assumption that people and the land do better when they are connected. Connection. Interest. Care. Passion. And in the end, survival. This all seems to make sense.

The second theme of the book – actually re-wilding landscape – is probably a little more contentious. Especially as one of the key things that the author suggests in terms of re-wilding the landscape is the re-introduction of large predators – such as wolves – to some ecosystems. While any such introduction would clearly rely on human intervention in its early stages, the idea is to re-establish the kind of ecological processes that have been removed from many ecosystems by humans.

There is little doubt that conventional conservation management is not always successful – with large areas (the book really takes most examples from the UK) being maintained in some sort of agriculture dominated state – the classic example here being the UKs uplands which are often just sheep, deer or grouse maintained habitats, which lack the diversity they once had.

I think there needs to a well informed debate about how land is managed into the future – and this book is as good a place as any to start thinking about what this debate could mean or should include.

Highly recommended.
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This was recommended to me by an absolute stranger. It's a really interesting read about a subject I have no experience of or particular inclination towards. However, it's completely changed my perspective on how I view agriculture and wildlife.

The prose can be a bit tedious sometimes. It's clear that Monbiot is in love with his surroundings, but sometimes he's descriptions go on a bit too long (although there's some nice imagery in there). I was more interested in the factual and historical information that he was presenting.

It's kind of essential reading to be honest. After you've read it, you kind of want everyone else to do so. Not because you enjoyed it so much, but you get the idea that this arguments/ideas are important and need momentum.
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Walking with friends across upland moorland in Britain I have often wondered why I find such places depressing whilst those around me gush about the magnificence of it all. Is it just me? Mr Monbiot has helped me by articulating the barrenness of much of what is considered now to be the 'natural world'.

I urge everyone to read this. It's as engaging as it is challenging. He backs emotion with reason and facts. Most usefully it has altered my perception of what the natural or wild world is or could be.
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He should be helping the Minister for the Environment get it right. Great book.
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An interesting and enlightening book that opens your eyes to the world that we live in. It's call for action and change to save our diminishing planet is hard to ignore.
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Fascinating and thought provoking to read about 'rewilding' elsewhere in Europe, where it's a much more developed and extensive programme, and the degree of damage we aren't really aware of, like the impact of sheep in creating upland 'deserts' in Wales, or the 90% depletion of fish stocks over the last century. And, that something can be done as in the Scottish Highlands
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Couldn't recommend any more to any nature lover out there. Monbiot's evisceration of sheep farming is especially eye opening and all the statements made in the book are backed up with evidence and statistics.
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Another well written book by George Monbiot. I like his style of writing and its an interesting topic he takes on although re-introducing elephants to Europe would be a little too far for me!
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