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Losing Eden

by Lucy Jones

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Publisher Description

Today many of us live indoor lives, disconnected from the natural world as never before. And yet nature remains deeply ingrained in our language, culture and consciousness. For centuries, we have acted on an intuitive sense that we need communion with the wild to feel well. Now, in the moment of our great migration away from the rest of nature, more and more scientific evidence is emerging to confirm its place at the heart of our psychological wellbeing. So what happens, asks acclaimed journalist Lucy Jones, as we lose our bond with the natural world--might we also be losing part of ourselves?

Delicately observed and rigorously researched, Losing Eden is an enthralling journey through this new research, exploring how and why connecting with the living world can so drastically affect our health. Travelling from forest schools in East London, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, via Poland's primeval woodlands, Californian laboratories and ecotherapists' couches, Jones takes us to the cutting edge of human biology, neuroscience and psychology, and discovers new ways of understanding our increasingly dysfunctional relationship with the earth. Urgent and uplifting, Losing Eden is a rallying cry for a wilder way of life - for finding asylum in the soil and joy in the trees - which might just help us to save the living planet, as well as ourselves, from a future of ecological grief.

Author Biography

Lucy Jones is a writer and journalist based in Hampshire, England. She previously worked at NME and the Daily Telegraph, and her writing on culture, science and nature has been published in BBC Earth, BBC Wildlife, the Guardian, TIME and the New Statesman. Her first book, Foxes Unearthed, was celebrated for its 'brave, bold and honest' (Chris Packham) account of our relationship with the fox, winning the Society of Authors' Roger Deakin Award 2016.

Review

A commendably impartial book ... expresses [Jones's] sincere love of the countryside and the animals in it Literary Review Brave, bold and honest - finally the truth about foxes -- Chris Packham A fascinating discussion of the history of our attitude to the fox ... it will almost certainly teach you something new The Spectator Beautifully written and signals a conspicuous new talent ... She traces the place of the fox in our culture over many centuries Daily Telegraph Fascinating ... [a] well-balanced exploration of our tempestuous relationship Country Life A foxy little book, offering a rich brew of nature and history and culture. An exemplary instance of fine research leading to balance and sanity on a subject usually lacking in either. Deeply enjoyable and informative -- Sara Maitland, author of Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales A fantastic tour of the fox and us - Lucy Jones takes an intelligent, measured and humane look at the intimate, contradictory and occasionally crazy relationship between Homo sapiens and Vulpes vulpes -- Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles The fox has for centuries been held as the incarnation of such unlovely traits as deviousness, cunning and cruelty. ... However, the characteristic that emerges most strongly from the nature writer Lucy Jones's book about Vulpes vulpes is its ambiguity. ... [An] intriguing compendium of fox lore -- Michael Prodger The Times Jones writes with real feeling about the hold of foxes on the human imagination, and her own deep affection for the beguiling creatures Daily Mail Jones's history of our complex relationship with the fox is revealing... to discover there was an 18th-century sport of 'fox tossing' almost makes this worth the purchase alone -- John Lewis-Stempel The Times Books of the Year 2016 Praise for FOXES UNEARTHED : Fascinating ... the connection between mental health and the natural world turns out to be strong and deep - which is good news in that it offers those feeling soul-sick the possibility that falling in love with the world around them might be remarkably helpful. And those who fall in love with the world might protect it, a virtuous cycle that would make a real difference in the fight for a workable planet. Bill McKibben, author of Falter; Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? By the time I'd read the first chapter, I'd resolved to take my son into the woods every afternoon over winter. By the time I'd read the sixth, I was wanting to break prisoners out of cells and onto the mossy moors. Losing Eden rigorously and convincingly tells of the value of the natural universe to our human hearts. It's a simple message but Lucy Jones looks at it by using so many interesting and diverse ideas and places that it always stays vital. It is exciting, pertinent and elegantly written: I recommend it to anyone who makes decisions. Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun Beautifully written, movingly told and meticulously researched, Losing Eden is an elegy to the healing power of nature, something we need more than ever in our anxiety-ridden world of ecological loss. Woven together with her own personal story of recovery, Lucy Jones lays out the overwhelming scientific evidence for nature as nurturer for body and soul with the clarity and candour that will move hearts and minds - a convincing plea for a wilder, richer world. Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

Review Text

Earnest, painstakingly-researched...A heartfelt love-letter to the outdoors

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Praise for FOXES UNEARTHED -- : Jones's history of our complex relationship with the fox is revealing... to discover there was an 18th-century sport of 'fox tossing' almost makes this worth the purchase alone -- The Times Books of the Year 2016 Jones writes with real feeling about the hold of foxes on the human imagination, and her own deep affection for the beguiling creatures -- Daily Mail The fox has for centuries been held as the incarnation of such unlovely traits as deviousness, cunning and cruelty. ... However, the characteristic that emerges most strongly from the nature writer Lucy Jones's book about Vulpes vulpes is its ambiguity. ... [An] intriguing compendium of fox lore -- The Times A fantastic tour of the fox and us - Lucy Jones takes an intelligent, measured and humane look at the intimate, contradictory and occasionally crazy relationship between Homo sapiens and Vulpes vulpes -- A foxy little book, offering a rich brew of nature and history and culture. An exemplary instance of fine research leading to balance and sanity on a subject usually lacking in either. Deeply enjoyable and informative -- Fascinating ... [a] well-balanced exploration of our tempestuous relationship -- Country Life Beautifully written and signals a conspicuous new talent ... She traces the place of the fox in our culture over many centuries -- Daily Telegraph A fascinating discussion of the history of our attitude to the fox ... it will almost certainly teach you something new -- The Spectator Brave, bold and honest - finally the truth about foxes -- A commendably impartial book ... expresses [Jones's] sincere love of the countryside and the animals in it -- Literary Review

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An urgent, comprehensive inquiry into how nature enriches the human psyche - and of the startling risks we face in leaving it behind.

Product Details

Author
Lucy Jones
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2020
ISBN-10
0241441536
ISBN-13
9780241441534
Format
Hardcover
Subtitle
Why Our Minds Need the Wild
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2020-02-27
Pages
272
Short Title
Losing Eden
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade