I’ve had a couple of requests to list some books that match the themes I tend to blog about – I would be happy to oblige! Just taking a look at the list below will tell you it is not at all comprehensive – it’s rather a hotchpotch – but I have either read these books and found them incredibly useful, or have had a hearty recommendation and have them waiting on my shelf…

I have included some fiction, because I think sometimes fiction is the only way we can begin to digest and start to think about these issues.

I am sure this list will change and expand with time, so if you would like to recommend a book or resource for this list, please do! The more the merrier. Send any suggestions to

Climate Change & the Environment

Global Warming: The Complete Briefing – John Houghton

Prosperity Without Growth – Tim Jackson

The Green Collar Economy – Van Jones

The Carhullan Army – Sarah Hall

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Walden – Henry David Thoreau


Ain’t I A Woman – Bell Hooks

Backlash – Susan Faludi

Female Chauvinist Pigs – Ariel Levy

Reclaiming the F Word – Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune

The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf

The Equality Illusion – Kat Banyard

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Subversive Stitch – Rozsika Parker

Social Justice

Bury the Chains – Adam Hochschild

Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege – Bob Mullaly

Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau

Give Me Liberty – Naomi Wolf

Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery – Bell Hooks

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X

The Spirit Level – Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Resources for Organisers


5 Responses to “Read”

  1. MorganHPhillips October 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Nice list… I’ve been thinking about reading The Road, is it not really depressing? I’ve not seen the film yet either, but it looks all a bit apocalyptic!

    • hannamade October 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

      Hmm, I don’t find it depressing, I like to think more “haunting”, but granted that may not be a very appealing adjective either! It is beautifully written though.

  2. Wee Beast October 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    The Road made a big impact on my life.

    Namely, I never waste food any more. Ever.

    It’s not a political or environmental action, though I recognise it could be one.

    It’s just, when I’m considering leaving some scraps on my plate or if there’s a few grains of rice stuck in the bottom of the pan, I remember The Road and how thankful I would be for those scraps/few grains of rice.

    My number one feminist book that doesn’t feature on your list is Backlash by Susan Faludi – it’s AMAZING. I especially love that it has a chapter all about fashion!

    P.S. We have the same blog layout. Hi!

    • hannamade October 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi! Thanks for that, I’ve added Backlash to the list, looking forward to reading it! And I know what you mean about The Road, it gets in your bones. I took a look at your blog – LOVED the Bronte sisters vid, going to put it in my next Super Sunday.


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