‘Essential environment reads’ mark Academic Book Week

‘Essential environment reads’ mark Academic Book Week

Academic Book Week has issued a list of 10 academic books on the environment as its ‘Recommended Reads’ for the 2020 event.

The week-long celebration of academic books will take place from 9th to 13th March.

Curated by academic booksellers, the list comprises books which have influenced the debate on the most topical environmental issues of our time, and is made up of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, first published in 1962 (Penguin Modern Classics), James Lovelock’s Gaia (Oxford University Press), which dates back to 1979 and Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert (Bloomsbury, 2006), as well as a range of more recent titles: The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh (University of Chicago Press); The Psychology of Climate Change by Geoffrey Beattie and Laura Mcguire (Routledge); The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells (Penguin); There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee (Cambridge University Press); Empty Planet by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson (Little, Brown); and Origins by Lewis Dartnell (Vintage). One forthcoming title, The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (Manilla Press, February) is also on the list.

Will Williams, head of academic sales at Blackwell’s, said: “Our theme of ‘Academic Books and the Environment’ encourages campus booksellers to engage with academics and students in a subject area that, many would say, is the most urgent of our lifetimes. Our starting list of 10 titles emphasises the range of publishing booksellers can link into this theme. From classic ecological texts to leading edge studies of the latest science, we provide a taster for the incredible depth of publishing shops can feature.”

Organised by the Booksellers Association in association with University College London, Academic Book Week will feature a series of events, panel discussions and initiatives to increase awareness of the academic book as a vehicle for ground-breaking ideas.