There's A Hippo In My Cistern: One Man's Misadventures on the Eco-frontline Paperback – 29 Jul 2011
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Time Out, 12th June "Funny and rather heart-warming."
'Six months ago Pete May thought that 'Carbon Footprint' were a band who did a couple of Peel Sessions. That being said, the lad can write, and all on a pedal powered laptop...' - Phill Jupitus
Pete May is a wonderfully funny writer... This is, in fact, a love story disguised as a palatable, funny, inspiring and probably the only really readable, non-patronising guide to a greener life.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
A love story with added activism, There's A Hippo... pokes fun at the over-earnestness of the green movement without losing the message that we should all be trying to act more ethically.
This is a great read that offers inspiration for those of us who are still many shades of green lighter than Pete and Nicola.
And as for the (mis)adventures with a mini flock of hens - who says men can't write chick-lit?
There's a Hippo in My Cistern: One Man's Misadventures on the Eco-frontline
rather a sweet love story in there between two different people who learn to adapt to each other's eccentricities and love their family.
As for the enviromental points it makes, I've changed small things in my life and thought about green issues far more after reading this green rom-com than through guilt-ridden articles or TV programmes.
Looking forward to the film!
If you need a break from the eco staple diet of doom and gloom, this one is for you, for sure. It has a serious message there, but it is served up so lightly and entertainingly it will change your hue (of greenness) without you even realising.
An utter delight, for sure.
The book explores, with much humour, the relationship between a stereotypical lager drinking, footabll loving, macho male and an equally stereotypical gentle, geeky, committed eco friendly tree hugger who, with her eco friendly bunch of posh eccentrics, seeks to save the world.
There's lots to learn from the book about the consumer driven society that we're all responsible for but there's also a beautiful love story and it was an absolute delight to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book as a lighthearted look at how one becomes an environmentalist. Might even have inspired me to keep chickens.Published on 27 Jan. 2011 by jen
Gosh, surprised all 12 existing reviews give this 5 stars. Sorry, for me it really wasn't that interesting. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2010 by Amazon Customer
Great fun for three such potentially serious subjects as football, the ecology movement and love. I read it in one day, chuckling frequently and annoying my children and husband. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2009 by E. M. Mcgregor
I too entered this world of British eco-activists as a bit of a participant observer. Pete May's descriptions make me laugh and laugh and laugh. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2009 by mark twain
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