Thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for my book Adventures In The Anthropocene: A journey to the heart of the planet we made!
It’s a big prize that recognises science writing for a non-specialist, popular audience, and I’m in exalted company – the other five shortlisted authors are intimidatingly impressive.
I was asked where my book, with its eclectic subject matter, would fit on the shelves of a bookshop. It’s a science book – covering ecology, environment, physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and so on. But it’s also a travel book, has sections on economics, sociology and more. Which makes it a bit complicated. To me, the greatest appeal of science is that it exists at the nexus of so many different subjects. Because I am compelled and driven by the human story – how we are effected by the world and how we affect it.
I’m interviewed about my book tomorrow on Inside Science on BBC Radio 4.