Ben Rawlence

Books by Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence is an award-winning writer, activist and educator. He wrote two books about the human consequences of environmental catastrophe in Africa: Radio Congo, about the people living in the wreckage of Eastern Congo’s resource wars, and City of Thorns, about people fleeing famine and climate-driven war in the Horn of Africa. After moving to Wales and beginning to research the coming impacts of climate change closer to home, his attention turned to the Arctic Circle and the boreal forest. What he discovered led to his third book, The Treeline, and to a dawning realisation that we needed to prepare—and soon—for major changes to our ways of life. Rawlence co-founded the Black Mountains College to promote new ways of thinking and learning, new ways of seeing ourselves, and new ways of interacting with the non-human world.

Interviews with Ben Rawlence

Interviews where books by Ben Rawlence were recommended

The Best Narrative Nonfiction Books, recommended by Samira Shackle

Narrative nonfiction is a style of writing that takes the facts and dramatises them to create novelistic retellings of real life events. Samira Shackle, author of Karachi Vice, a book that offers vivid insight into the lives of five of the city’s residents, recommends five books that have inspired her—and explains how a writer might begin to carve ‘plot’ and ‘characters’ from reams of research material.

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