The Lost Rainforests of Britain

I’d had my eye on this book for a while. Lovely cover and the natural world is of great interest. I finally decided to dive into it prompted by a wild camping trip to Dartmoor. I had suspected there would be some overlap although I didn’t realise just how much overlap there would be. Several places I walked through were name-checked heavily in the book and this enhanced both the trip and the read. 

This book is an impassioned, wise and delicately written account of how we have destroyed our natural landscape. It is a plea to restore the temperate rainforests of Britain that many people don’t even realise exist. It is an attempt to correct the shifting baselines of the masses. 

Impressively researched and, for a book that goes into lichen and moss to quite a significant degree, actually really readable for the layman. I can draw similarities to The Book of Trespass in its efficient, clear and powerful message. A good book to read at any time. Even more so if one is doing so while camping out in the wilds of Dartmoor! 

The Killing Floor

I’ve heard a lot about these books over the years. One of the things I know is that there are lots of them, hence my slight reluctance in diving into a big franchise. This first book grabbed me though and I must say I can now see what all the hype is about. I had almost expected it to be a bit trashy and simplistic. What I uncovered was a sophisticated, interesting, well written and well paced thriller. 

It seems as if it has created a bit of a niche for itself. Part detective novel, part action thriller. A combination that is melded into a hugely enjoyable read and one that means I will be steadily working my through these books.