May 2020 Non-Fiction Lead Titles

Living with the Anthropocene: Love, Loss and Hope in the Face of Environmental Crisis edited by Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner, Jenny Newell


Paperback | Nov 2020 | NewSouth | 9781742236889 | 304pp | 234x153mm | GEN | AUD$34.99, NZD$39.99

Australia — and the world — is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, birds and insects disappear from our gardens and plastic waste chokes our shores. The 2019–20 summer saw bushfires ravage the country like never before and young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love.

In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, some of Australia’s best-known writers and thinkers — as well as ecologists, walkers, farmers, historians, ornithologists, artists and community activists — come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis. They build a picture of a collective endeavour towards a culture of care, respect, and attention as the physical world changes around us. How do we hold onto hope?

Personal and urgent, this is a literary anthology for our age, the age of humans.

'Living with the Anthropocene is an illuminating deep-dive in this ‘storm of our own making’. With such a diverse and expansive collection of voices, what makes this book stand out is its unity. Thinking about climate change can be lonely and devastating but here you can be assured of being held, not only in thrall, but in great company.' — Anna Krien

'An important book that speaks to our time.' — Tim Flannery

'With this marvellous book the term Anthropocene loses its academic tinge to become a pervasive and pressing reality. A pantheon of Australia’s finest environmental writers reveals the haunting personal costs of living in a world that humans have already turned upside down.' — Iain McCalman

'Scientists originated the term and concept of the Anthropocene. But this work takes a much deeper dive into what the Anthropocene really means for us humans now and into the future, and – importantly – what the Anthropocene means for the rest of life with which we share this planet.' — Will Steffen