• The Best Nature Memoirs - Belonging: Natural Histories of Place, Identity and Home by Amanda Thomson
  • The Best Nature Memoirs - Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas by Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Best Nature Memoirs - Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh
  • The Best Nature Memoirs - Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
  • The Best Nature Memoirs - Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

The Best Nature Memoirs, recommended by Victoria Bennett

Nature is intrinsic to our experience of being alive and reading about it allows us to connect not just with the natural world but with ourselves. Here Victoria Bennett, author of All My Wild Mothers, a memoir of grief and creating an apothecary garden, recommends five other nature memoirs, highlighting personal and reflective prose by writers including Lauret Savoy, Mary Oliver, and Jamaica Kincaid.

  • The best books on Natural History - The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston
  • The best books on Natural History - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • The best books on Natural History - Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  • The best books on Natural History - Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australians and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
  • The best books on Natural History - A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us about the Destiny of the Human Species by Rob Dunn

The best books on Natural History, recommended by David George Haskell

Natural history can offer a “portal into wonder and astonishment,” says David George Haskell, the biologist and award-winning author of nonfiction works including Sounds Wild and Broken and The Forest Unseen. But natural history books, in the past, have also been guilty of reinforcing prejudices. Here he recommends five natural history books that celebrate the diversity of life.

  • The best books on Summer - The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  • The best books on Summer - The Go-Between by L P Hartley
  • The best books on Summer - To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface by Olivia Laing
  • The best books on Summer - Summer by Ali Smith
  • The best books on Summer - The Hill of Summer by J A Baker

The best books on Summer, recommended by Melissa Harrison

Temperatures ratcheting, tinderbox conditions, a pressure cooker atmosphere… summer is a handy literary shorthand for rising tensions. But in the natural world, summer is a quiet time when the flowers die back and the fruits and seeds are ripening. Here, Melissa Harrison—the novelist, nature writer and podcaster—recommends five of the best summer books, for those who like to read in step with the seasons.