“green” literature

It’s summer. There’s more daylight. Even if one isn’t on holiday, and not interested in cooking on a beach, this is still a marvellous time to enjoy a good read.

It’s OK, this won’t be Improving Tomes. No books and blogs about how to lead a better life. And all suggestions are fictional (well, the suggestions themselves might have a fictive aspect too, being hypothetical and only suggestions…).

Unless otherwise specified (for more environmentally-focussed works), the suggestion is to read anything or maybe even, in an ideal world, everything.

  • Richard Adams: Watership Down
  • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale–Oryx and Crake–The Year of the Flood.
  • Paolo Bacigalupi
  • J.G. Ballard
  • Clive Barker
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Tove Jansson: who needs a reason to go see the Moomins again?
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Doris Lessing: sci fi ex. the Canopus in Argos: Archives books
  • China Miéville
  • Philip Pullman

Next-best thing to the greenest book of all, an e-reader...

…  as distinct from other post-printed-book worlds that are also post-literate. Alas not always in a good way. Though there may yet still be hope for imagination and culture, in even the direst of times:

  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  • Walter M. Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Terry Pratchett, The Bromeliad Trilogy–and if you haven’t yet done so, you O gentle sweet reader are encouraged in the strongest possible terms to read the Discworld novels!!!
  • Neal Stephenson, Anathem.

Be a green bookworm: support your local public library! Borrowing is free and more eco-friendly than owning your own. Plus: a calm haven, yet building community; encouraging engagement and empowerment through free education and access to knowledge for all; and a foundation of civilized society.

Image at top: Conrad First: open-access archive of the serials which first published the work of Joseph Conrad, c/o the Department of English, Uppsala University.


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