On extinction: how we became estranged from nature.

On extinction: how we became estranged from nature. Melanie Challenger.

London: Granta, 2011. Octavo, dustwrapper, Black and white photographs.

This extraordinary book is an exploration of how we might live to resist extinctions and why such disappearances must be of concern to us. Adventurous, curious and passionate about her subject, Challenger takes us on a very personal journey as she tries to restore her own relationship with nature. The narrative unfolds through a series of landscapes haunted by extinction. From the ruined tin mines of Cornwall and the abandoned whaling stations of South Georgia to the Inuit camps of the Arctic and the white heart of Antarctica, she probes the critical relationship between human activities and environmental collapse. This is the first book to weave together the strands of cultural, biological and industrial extinctions into a meditation on the way we live beside nature in the modern world. Also available in paperback [stock id 33417].

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