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Reviews

  • An immensely significant book. It is fluently written, carefully thought through, ruthlessly argued, neatly illustrated with case studies - and shockingly contrarian

    Matt Ridley, The Times (Book of the Week)
  • His flowing narrative is rich in stories of his fieldwork round the world ... Thomas's vision ... aspires to something nobler, more optimistic

    Fred Pearce, New Scientist
  • Fascinating ... Chris Thomas examines our human relationships with nature, bad and good, and sets out a more hopeful truth to current narratives and alarms ... This is a rich and timely tale, fearless too, with examples and cases drawn from ecosystems across the world

    Prof Jules Pretty, Times Higher Education
  • [A] thrilling and uplifting counter to the pessimism of the Anthropocene

    Stuart Blackman, BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • A decent and humane tale about the threat and promise of biodiversity change

    James Lovelock, author of 'The Revenge of Gaia' and 'A Rough Guide to the Future'
  • The most interesting / challenging / surprising thing I've read about the natural world for years

    James Rebanks, author of 'The Shepherd's Life'
  • A provocative book that challenges us to look positively at our human changes to the natural world and reimagine conservation in the Anthropocene

    Gaia Vince, author of 'Adventures in the Anthropocene'
  • Chris Thomas takes the million-year view of today's human-dominated world. The result is a thoughtful, provocative, and improbably hopeful book

    Elizabeth Kolbert, author of 'The Sixth Extinction' and 'Field Notes from a Catastrophe'
  • With a perspective that stretches many epochs into the past and forward to the year One Million A.D., Thomas reframes Earth's current ecological upheaval as a time of great creation as well as great loss. Without minimizing or excusing the damage humans have done to the planet, Inheritors of the Earth opens our eyes to the splendid and fascinating ways nature is adapting and evolving to the world we have made. He urges us to take our cue from the majestic dynamism of nature and work with other species as they change and move, rather than fighting an impossible battle to freeze the planet in time. All change is not bad. I thought I was an optimist. Thomas is the real ecological optimist.

    Emma Marris, author of 'Rambunctious Garden'
  • With Inheritors of the Earth, Chris D. Thomas issues a challenge to the conventional view of nature in decline. He urges us to embrace the environmental changes we've set in motion, daring to suggest that human activities will ultimately increase the diversity of life on Earth. A timely and provocative read

    Thor Hanson, author of 'The Triumph of Seeds'

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