James Rebanks describes reading a book which changed ‘everything’. Can you name a book which did the same for you?  Let me know, I’d love to hear.    

One night I took an old paperback with me, scrunched into my pocket, and read with my back to an old oak tree … That book, under that tree, changed everything for me. 

For my part, I can’t think of one which changed ‘everything’, but I can think of several which helped me at key inflection points, either encouraging me to pursue things I believed in, giving me the strength to do so, or inspiring me to develop an idea.  In these terms I would include:

See also our celebration of Rebanks’ earlier tribute to farming as he believes it can and should be done.  It’s a beautiful read. 

And the book which changed everything for Rebanks?  Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Source: James Rebanks, English Pastoral: An inheritance (London: Penguin, 2021), p. 150

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