Autoficción – the new novel?

01st, Oct 2016

‘There is no real life. It’s always the story of your life that you’re living.”

                                                                            – Aleksander Hemon

What will Brexit mean for nature?

30th, Jul 2016

The effect of the recent Brexit vote on Britain’s nature policy hardly seems to be at the top of anyone’s list of post-referendum worries. In the news there has been scant attention given to the prospect of the withdrawal of EU legislation to protect the environment.

Ice Diaries - an Antarctic memoir

31st, Jan 2016

In March 2016 I will publish Ice Diaries - an Antarctic memoir. It's a book about ice and its properties, both emotional and physical - a tale of ice and the polar regions and a travelogue filtered through a personal climate change story.

Because the Night – orders and disorders of the dark

20th, Nov 2015

It is late November in London. The sun rises at around 7.20am and sets around 4pm, giving those of us who live on the latitude 52.15 degrees North just over eight and a half hours of light each day.

The Indri - on the brink of extinction?

19th, Sep 2015

We hear the sound as soon as we step out of the car. A high-pitched wail, forlorn but also urgent, threads through the forest.

             ‘What’s that?’ I ask Mamy, our guide.

            ‘That’s what everyone comes here to see,’ he replies.

The Rainy Season – an exemplary work of literary journalism

22nd, Jul 2015

The squalls come, one after the other, as if generated by a dark machine somewhere over the horizon. Here in this quarter of the Indian ocean the northern hemisphere summer months of June and July signal the ‘winter’ rains, or what passes for winter on these humid latitudes.