A Journey Through the Nuclear Age, from the Atom Bomb to Radioactive Waste
From Hiroshima to Chernobyl, and Windscale to Bikini Atoll, humanity’s management of the power of atomic energy has been riven with danger, secrecy, deceit, human error and short-sighted politics. Environmental journalist Fred Pearce travels through former test sites, closed Soviet cities and toxic wastelands where radioactive wolves roam the streets, to explore the growing legacy of our nuclear past and the dilemmas facing us over decommissioning and future safety. Off-mint.
The Snow Tourist
A Search for the World's Purest, Deepest Snowfall
What is it about snow that leaves us spellbound? What draws us to play with it, sledge over it, and even risk our lives in it? In this finely woven blend of memoir, history and travelogue, self-confessed snow obsessive Charlie English wraps up warm and goes in search of the answers to these questions, from the Cairngorms to Vermont, from Chamonix to the Canadian Arctic.
Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis
Riot police patrol the borders, children’s bodies wash up on beaches, and refugees crowd into makeshift camps; how did the EU, founded on the values of human rights and dignity for all, reach this point? With vigour and compassion, Cast Away reveals the human stories behind the numbing statistics through the first-hand accounts of five people forced to flee their homelands, and forms a scathing indictment of Europe’s political leadership.
A Natural History
Why does time speed up as you get older? Why aren't the wrinkle creams working? A vet with a particular interest in evolutionary zoology, Bainbridge brings a new perspective to the mid-life 'crisis'. Explaining the science behind the physical, mental and emotional changes men and women experience between 40 and 60, he reveals the evolutionary and personal benefits of middle age – a uniquely human phenomenon.