New Mother Earth Giveaway

Thanks to all of you who entered my previous Goodreads promotions. If you weren’t lucky then, or have never entered before, there’s another chance now to win a free copy of Mother Earth.  

Here are extracts from what some Amazon readers have kindly said about the book:

A good read… worth downloading…

Definitely worth a read… instantly absorbing…

A very well researched first novel… certainly worth the read – you may well be surprised!

Do try this book. I am enjoying it, and want to pick it up to see what happens next.

To reiterate what I said last time, “The novel deals with a number of themes concerning the future of us, the brilliant but also flawed species known as Homo sapiens. The name means ‘wise man’, but are we going to be wise enough to deal with the challenges ahead? Some of them are likely to grow and threaten our very existence if the right decisions are not made in time.”

If you’re interested in nature, and the future of humanity as one of its integral components, you may like a chance to win the free signed copy of Mother Earth in my latest Mother Earth Giveaway promotion.

Entries cost nothing and run until midnight on May 6th 2016.

If you’ve never entered one of these before, it’s simple. All you do is apply to become the “winner” of the free copy, who is then selected at random by Goodreads.

You can apply now by clicking here:  Enter Giveaway

Good luck! This is for a paperback version. If you’d like to download the e-book, it’s available by clicking on this Amazon link.






Planet Earth Really Is In Our Hands

We kind of knew it already, didn’t we, but it’s sobering nonetheless to have the bare facts confirmed in perhaps the most convincing way imaginable.

The geological history of the planet’s 4.6 billion year history is divided into units called epochs, passages of time characterised by whatever the dominant forces are deemed to have been during the period in question. The 10,000 years since the last ice age are known as the the Holocene epoch, but now a working group of researchers have put forward a compelling case for its successor, the  Anthropocene epoch.

If ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the body responsible for such matters, this will mean that we have finally entered a brand new geological age – one fashioned primarily by us .

And ‘finally’ does seem the most apt word to describe this change – both in the sense that it’s happening after a long period of time, but also, more chillingly, that unless we’re very careful indeed it could be the last epoch we’re around to witness.

A recent article by the BBC’s science correspondent, Jonathan Amos, covers  the emergence of this new geological age, when it seems likely to be confirmed that we, Homo sapiens, have become the dominant influence on the environment and climate.

He also refers to an interesting new book on the topic by Gaia Vince, called  Adventures In the Anthropocene.