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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for fans of Wilding by Isabella Tree. 

What we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. 

Soil is the unlikely story of our most maligned resource as swashbuckling hero. A saga of bombs, ice ages and civilisations falling. Of ancient hunger, modern sicknesses and gastronomic delight. It features poison gas, climate collapse and a mind-blowing explanation of how rain is formed. 

For too long, we've not only neglected the land beneath us, we've squandered and debased it, by over-clearing, over-grazing and over-ploughing. But if we want our food to nourish us and to ensure our planet's long-term health, we need to understand how soil works - how it's made, how it's lost and how it can be repaired.

In this ode to the thin veneer of Earth that gifts us life, commentator and farmer Matthew Evans shows us that what we do in our backyards, on our farms and what we put on our dinner tables really matters, and can be a source of hope.

Isn't it time we stopped treating the ground beneath our feet like dirt?

©2021 Matthew Evans (P)2021 W F Howes

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"A love letter to Mother Earth and entertaining must-read that goes to the heart of our survival." (Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler)

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I got very excited about my soil

Informative, interesting and the science was easy to follow, As a farmer I know the importance of god soil and treat it with the love and respect it deserves. My soil feeds me and my family, keeps my land fertile, cool and retains the must needed water in the ground. It does all this by helping my plants and trees to grow. The cycle of life from soil to what it grows and returns to the earth is fascinating.

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  • 07-08-2021

EVERYONE should read/listen to this book!

I never thought a book about soil would make me laugh AND cry!

My plow is going to be a mailbox stand after reading this!

Technical stuff presented in a way that's both interesting, and understandable to those of us that don't have doctorates in horticulture/agriculture.

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