The Real Weed Man: Portrait of Canadian Botanist Gerald A. Mulligan

Canadian botanist Gerald A. Mulligan was, from 1978 to 1987, the Director of Agriculture Canada’s Biosystematics Research Institute at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. His story provides a window, rarely glimpsed by the general public, into the world of science and the inspiring work carried out by federal scientists despite the complex and manipulative bureaucracy under which they must labour. Mulligan, a complex and fascinating character, was by turns a superb athlete, an…

Countryfile / Adam’s Farm: My Life on the Land

Countryfile: Adam’s Farm In 2001, Adam Henson was chosen from 3,500 applicants to become a presenter on Countryfile. Adam’s agricultural knowledge and open manner soon made him a popular figure and in 2009, he began to present a weekly report from his own farm in the Cotswolds. This is an account of the drama, emotion and sheer hard work that is life on Adam’s Farm. Full descriptionNew
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Oliver Sacks died in August 2015 at his home in Greenwich Village, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was 82. He spent his final days doing what he loved: playing the piano, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon – and writing. As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on…

Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World

What do you do when you wake up in your mid-forties and realize you’ve been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?

Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura’s life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that ‘different’ doesn’t need to mean ‘less’ and how there is a place for all of us, and…

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