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Books I Recommend (categorised)

About this list

Books have been an integral element in my journey exploring the alignment of my own life to the ecological-communal needs of Earth. I have categorised the lists into various elements that impact how we inhabited space; including our bodies, minds, human and more-than-human communities, into society and governance. Of course, these are all interwoven, and if these books are new to you and you feel inspired to get reading, a book from each categority will likely weave you a beautiful fabric. I have starred* my highest recommendations in each section, but this is a personal experience and I feel that books arrive to us exactly when we need them.

I am presently feeling into minimising my book collection, with the intention of keeping only books I will read again and again, deepening my understanding of topics that might be slow to percolate. I do this is response to overconsumption and in the knowledge that spaciousness, not incessant learning, will likely bring me more in alignment with my ecological-Self.

I have deleted my Amazon account and committed to never buy books online to slow my book purchases, select books more carefully and ensure I do not contribute to the carbon emissions of couriers or unwittingly receive single use plastic packing. You can read more about his here.


Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, George Sessions

Simple in Means, Rich in Ends, Bill Devall and George Sessions *

The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd

The Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold *

The Dream of the Earth, Thomas Berry

Ecology, Community & Lifestyle, Arne Naess and

Ecology of Wisdom, Arne Naess

Deep Ecology, Bil Devall and George Sessions

The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder


Charles Eisenstein: Sacred Economics *

Jason Hickel: Less is More

Mark Boyle: Moneyless Manifesto, Moneyless Man


The Essential Gandhi *

These Wilds Beyond Our Fences, Bayo Akomolafe

Coming Back to Life, Joanna Macy

Essays by Wendell Berry

Active Hope, Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

Walden, Henry David Thoreau


Thich Nhat Hanh

Wild Mind *, Soulcraft & Nature and the Human Soul, Bill Plotkin

Women Who Run with Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Timeless Simplicity, John Lane

My Grandmothers Hands, Resmaa Menakem

How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan

Becoming Animal, David Abram


The Moneyless Man * & Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi, The Way Home, Mark Boyle

This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, Naomi Klein

Blue Gold, Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke

Small is Beautiful, E F Schumacher

The Way of Council, Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle

Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Food, Land & Agriculture

Foraging, by Wild Food UK

The One Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka

Wildcrafted Fermentation and The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, Baudar

Creating a Forest Garden, Martin Crawford

The Edible Ecosystem Solution, Zack Loeks

Miraculous Abundance, and Charles Hervé-Gruyer *

Mindful Living

Non-Violent Communication, Marshall B Rosenberg *

Buddhism Plain and Simple, Steve Hagen

Radical Compassion, Tara Brach

Ancient Wisdom

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer *

Anam Cara & Eternal Echoes, John O’Donahue

The Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

Black Elk Speaks, John Neihardt

The Prophet, Kahil Gibran

Sacred Longing, Mary C Grey

Sacred Instructions, Sherri Mitchell

Climate Change

Climate: A New Story, Charles Eisenstein *

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein

The Drawdown,


The Goshawk, TH White,

H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens *

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse

1984, George Orwell

Healthy Masculinity

The Architypes and the Collective Unconscious, Carl Jung

Iron John, Robert Bly

The Flowering Wand, Sophie Strand

Absent Fathers, Lost Sons, Guy Corneau

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, Robert Moore *

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