CPRE Gloucestershire Book Club

Welcome to our Book Club. We’ll be featuring recommended countryside and nature-related books on this page for some reading inspiration.

We asked our members and supporters what you’ve been reading and enjoying during lockdown, and you sent us some great recommendations. Grab yourself a cuppa and have a look at our recommended reads.

The Orchid Hunter: A Young Botanist’s Search for Happiness by Leif Bersweden

A great account of Leif’s hunt for 52 species of orchid. What Leif doesn’t know about orchids is not worth knowing.






Few and Far Between: On the Trail of Britain’s Rarest Animals by Charlie Elder

A wonderful tour (literally) of Britain’s rarest creatures.






H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

One especially resonant for Gloucestershire.






The Overstory by Richard Powers

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, this novel is about environmental activism, climate change, and the amazing beauty and power of trees. According to the author Ann Patchet “the best novel ever written about trees.”






Where The Crawdads sing by Delia Owens

The landscape and wildlife are as important as the human characters. Her writing really brings to life a scenery (the swamps of North Carolina) so vividly i can see it clearly though its a place I’ve never visited. Beautiful book with an ecology storyline running throughout.






Under the Stars: A Journey Into Light by Matt Gaw

Essentially a book about escaping the ever pervading light pollution of the modern world, and starting to really reconnect with the natural world during the darkest periods of the day.







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