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Publisher's Summary

Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services.

Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, McCarthy presents a new way of looking at the world.

©2015 Michael McCarthy (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love.... A must-read." (Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk)
"Impassioned, polemical and personal.... At its heart, this is a book aiming to persuade those who are broadly sympathetic to think in a different way, and in that it is surely a success - and a joy." ( Independent)
"Articulated beautifully...his quest to track down every British butterfly as a tribute to his dead mother brought me to tears." ( Sunday Times)

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  • jillian grant
  • 20-09-2016

A snowstorm I actually enjoyed.

Where does The Moth Snowstorm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing about the birds and the author's views of them.

What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

I liked how he read the book overall.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't think it's the type of book that would make a good film. Not enough story or drama.

Any additional comments?

I found this book interesting and easy to follow, even though there were 2 strands, the author's upbringing and continuing relations with family and his views on nature as a whole.

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  • Mr Loughran
  • 24-06-2017

Wonderful book on so many levels.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it and would totally recommend it to anyone who loves the natural world.

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  • Mr. Dominic L. C. Baker
  • 28-02-2017

A gem

I loved everything about this book. It was about nature and science but had a real heart to it too. It is a rare blend of being personal, without being overly self-referential. What will remain with me is how well he conveyed the magic and joy that comes from observing nature. It's cliched but it's genuinely made me stop and look about a bit more.