The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy

4.04 avg rating
( 440 ratings by Goodreads )
)  
9781444792799: The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love . . . A must-read' Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

Nature has many gifts for us, but perhaps the greatest of them all is joy; the intense delight we can take in the natural world, in its beauty, in the wonder it can offer us, in the peace it can provide - feelings stemming ultimately from our own unbreakable links to nature, which mean that we cannot be fully human if we are separate from it.

In The Moth Snowstorm Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened, and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services.

Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, The Moth Snowstorm not only presents a new way of looking at the world around us, but effortlessly blends with it a remarkable and moving memoir of childhood trauma from which love of the natural world emerged. It is a powerful, timely, and wholly original book which comes at a time when nature has never needed it more.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love. The Moth Snowstorm is at once a deeply affecting memoir and a heartbreaking account of ecological impoverishment. It fights against indifference, shines with the deep magic and beauty of the non-human lives around us, and shows how their loss lessens us all. A must-read (Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk)

An important book about an important subject - the loss of biodiversity locally, nationally and internationally, what this means for humanity and how it could possibly be avoided . . . The main argument is that we all have in us the capacity to experience joy and wonder from nature . . . Michael McCarthy is a professional journalist and an accomplished and experienced writer who handles his themes skilfully (Irish Examiner)

Impassioned, polemical and personal . . . In the autobiographical passages nature is a marvel and a solace. [McCarthy's] descriptions of the night-time clouds of moths - the moth snowstorms of the title - that we saw in the days before farming ruined so much natural habitat are unforgettable, and his recollections of boyhood bird-watching on the River Dee Bay a delight . . . At its heart, this is a book aiming to persuade those who are broadly sympathetic to think in a different way, and in that it is surely a success - and a joy (Independent)

A fascinating and very readable book . . . full of joy and wonder and luminous moments . . . McCarthy is a man who remembers not only the Observer's Book of Birds but the set of Brooke Bond tea cards featuring Charles Tunnicliffe's beautiful bird pictures. But you don't have to be of a similar vintage to enjoy this expansive celebration of a subject too often overlooked in the ongoing discourse about man and nature - sheer joy (Dabbler)

McCarthy has for years been the doyen of environmental correspondents . . . he is conversant with the hard facts, the political realities and the moral complexities of the conservation world. But he writes also as a man inspired by the beauty, diversity and abundance of the natural world that we are destroying. This combination of worldly wisdom and deeply felt personal experience makes this a highly original and refreshing account of our current predicament (TLS)

Deserves to be widely read (Scotsman)

Environmental correspondent Michael McCarthy makes an impassioned plea on behalf of the natural world in this inspiring book (Sunday Express)

The natural world, whether birdsong, butterflies or wild flowers, can give us joy. It can bring us peace. The ability of nature to do this, through a sense of awe, is articulated beautifully in a book by Michael McCarthy, The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy. His quest to track down every British butterfly as a tribute to his dead mother brought me to tears (Sunday Times)

A deeply troubling book by one of Britain's foremost journalists on the politics of nature. The case he lays bare in the opening chapters is compelling stuff. Essentially he argues that the world of wild creatures, plants, trees and whole habitats - you name it - is going to Hell in a handcart . . . powerful, heartfelt and compelling (The Spectator)

As much as joy, it's a beautiful book about love, damage, and the possibility of redemption (Press Association)

Book Description:

A new defence of a mortally threatened natural world.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781681372426: The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy (New York Review Books Classics)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1681372428 ISBN 13:  9781681372426
Publisher: New York Review of Books, 2018
Softcover

9781444792775: The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy

John M..., 2015
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Michael McCarthy
Published by John Murray Press, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray Press, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love . . . A must-read' Helen Macdonald, author of H is for HawkNature has many gifts for us, but perhaps the greatest of them all is joy; the intense delight we can take in the natural world, in its beauty, in the wonder it can offer us, in the peace it can provide - feelings stemming ultimately from our own unbreakable links to nature, which mean that we cannot be fully human if we are separate from it. In The Moth Snowstorm Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened, and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services.Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, The Moth Snowstorm not only presents a new way of looking at the world around us, but effortlessly blends with it a remarkable and moving memoir of childhood trauma from which love of the natural world emerged. It is a powerful, timely, and wholly original book which comes at a time when nature has never needed it more. Seller Inventory # HUK9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Michael McCarthy
Published by John Murray Press, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray Press, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love . . . A must-read' Helen Macdonald, author of H is for HawkNature has many gifts for us, but perhaps the greatest of them all is joy; the intense delight we can take in the natural world, in its beauty, in the wonder it can offer us, in the peace it can provide - feelings stemming ultimately from our own unbreakable links to nature, which mean that we cannot be fully human if we are separate from it. In The Moth Snowstorm Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened, and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services.Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, The Moth Snowstorm not only presents a new way of looking at the world around us, but effortlessly blends with it a remarkable and moving memoir of childhood trauma from which love of the natural world emerged. It is a powerful, timely, and wholly original book which comes at a time when nature has never needed it more. Seller Inventory # HUK9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Michael McCarthy (author)
Published by John Murray Press 2016-04-07, London (2016)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray Press 2016-04-07, London, 2016. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Michael McCarthy
Published by John Murray 2016-04-07 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray 2016-04-07, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-GRD-9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
6.65
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 14.35
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

McCarthy, Michael
Published by John Murray Publishers Ltd (2012)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:

Book Description John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2012. Condition: New. A new defence of a mortally threatened natural world. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: RNA; WNC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 198 x 129. . . 2012. Paperback. . . . . Seller Inventory # V9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.54
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

McCarthy, Michael
Published by John Murray (2016)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0001900035

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 12.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

McCarthy, Michael
Published by John Murray Publishers Ltd
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description John Murray Publishers Ltd. Condition: New. A new defence of a mortally threatened natural world. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: RNA; WNC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 198 x 129. . . 2012. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
14.33
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.32
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

McCarthy, Michael
Published by John Murray General Publishing Division (2016)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray General Publishing Division, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # GB-9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Michael McCarthy
Published by John Murray Press
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Murray Press. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 3 working days. A new defence of a mortally threatened natural world. Seller Inventory # B9781444792799

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 11.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Howard Hughes
Published by JOHN MURRAY PUBLISHERS (2001)
ISBN 10: 1444792792 ISBN 13: 9781444792799
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description JOHN MURRAY PUBLISHERS, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1444792792

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
17.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 11.89
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book