You will generally not see a book on environmental trauma in Waterstone’s Top 40. The theme is an important one, but not one that is given the space and publicity it deserves. The theme battles the growing concerns surrounding climate change and presents alternate realities regarding the consequences of such changes. Such alternate realities range from desolate landscapes to cyberpunk cities, and they have the power to raise awareness about global warming and the irrevocable damage it can cause to the Earth. Below is a tiny selection of books that deal with these issues in a captivating and haunting way.
If you search ‘the secret to happiness’ on the internet, thousands of websites appear claiming to know the answer. With the current climate of the world, I’m sure most people would love to know how to be happier. However I’m beginning to question whether or not it is achievable.
Everyone dreams while they sleep, whether they remember it or not, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the most intense period of dreaming during the sleep cycle. The name comes from the random, side-to-side movement of the eyes while sleeping, which apparently relates to the visual images of dreams. A recent study has discovered a causal link between REM sleep and memory formation, meaning our dreams shape our memories.
While riding a commuter train, trapped between a moist armpit and old man breath, filled head to toe with stress, have you ever suddenly wished you were sat on a beach with no worries aside from choosing your next cocktail?