Mindful Thoughts for City Dwellers: The joy of urban living
From connecting with community to noticing urban nature, this book explores the wealth of wellbeing offered by life in the metropolis. We often assume that cities are terrible for our spiritual health but this could not be further from the truth. In this book I show how cities are enriching and inventive places that have the ability to nourish us and provide a home for the soul. Published by Leaping Hare Press, 2018.
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Sow How is an innovative grow guide for the modern gardener. The brainchild of visual designer Paul Matson, the book uses artwork and clever infographics to simplify gardening and help first-time gardeners produce first-class produce. I worked alongside Paul on this book, providing the words around his beautiful design, to help show readers the magic of raising plants from seeds. Published by Pavilion, 2017
My Tiny Garden
Tiny gardens can enliven the senses and touch the soul. So in this book I wanted to inspire readers to create flower-filled patches, tropical oases and mini meadows of their own, whatever their space constraints. In this book I tell stories (alongside the stunning photography of Jon Cardwell) about the making of unconventional green spaces around the world; living walls in an LA workspace, community gardens on an abandoned Berlin airport and pavement parks in San Francisco. The book also includes practical projects, created by garden designer Lucy Conochie, to encourage readers to make the most of every inch of ground available. Published by Pavilion, 2015.
Lost in London: adventures in the city's wild outdoors
Lost in London was an independent magazine all about the natural world in the city, and was co-created by myself and the designer Tina Smith. When we launched it we had no idea just how much it would resonate. We made Lost in London with the help of many other writers and artists, and we published whenever we had enough resource to do so. Our first book, Lost in London: adventures in the city’s wild outdoors, was inspired by the landscape of the city; its ancient woodlands, rivers and heathlands. Written as a travelogue, it is a collection of stories of unscripted places, creatures and characters that live in the gaps of the urban environment. Published by Portico, 2013.
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