Book group

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“Green” books you’ve been meaning to read? Or have read and want to discuss with others?

Transition Tavistock Sustainability Book Group

A chance to reflect on books by some of the inspirational writers with ideas on how to live sustainably and respond well to the climate and nature crises. We meet online, through Zoom. No cost, but registration in advance, via Eventbrite, needed for each meeting to get the joining details.


by Sarah Langford

“In Rooted, Sarah weaves her own story around those who taught her what it means to be a farmer. She shines a light on the human side of modern farming, and shows how land connects us all, not only in terms of global sustainability but in our relationships with our physical and mental health, our communities and our planet.”

BookStop offer a 10% discount if you let them know you are buying it in association with this book group.

We encourage consideration of ethics and sustainability when buying books, as with all purchases. You can also borrow print or e-book copies via Devon Libraries.

A 10% discount on the selected book will usually be available from BookStop, 3 Market St, Tavistock. (Check in meeting details.)

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Future titles and dates are chosen by those taking part and announced in Transition Tavistock’s monthly newsletter. Coming up next (date tbc): Rooted, by Sarah Langford.

Books we’ve recently read:

Ravenous by Henry Dimbleby & Jemima Lewis (2023)

Why the food system is leading us into disaster and what can be done about it.

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (2021)

A journey into the extraordinary world of fungi and their role in sustaining life on earth.

Cradle to Cradle by M Braungart and W McDonough (2009)

How products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will provide nourishment for something new.

Sitopia by Carolyn Steel (2020)

Food as a powerful medium for connected thinking about the dilemmas we face today.

The Lost Rainforests of Britain by Guy Shrubsole (2023)

A mesmerising chronicle of forgotten temperate rainforests, inspiring intervention to help restore them to the places they once were.

Another Now by Yanis Varoufakis (2021)

A provocative thought-experiment – dispatches from an alternative present.

And before that:

Wild Fell by Lee Schofield (2023); The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller (2022); The Children of the Anthropocene by Bella Lack (2022); The Day the World Stops Shopping by J.B. McKinnon (2021); From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins (2020); Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald (2020); Less is More by Jason Hickel (2021); The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (2021); The Green Grocer by Richard Walker (2021); English Pastoral: an inheritance by James Rebanks (2020); and Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth (2017).