Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Kew Gardens, has reviewed Sylvan Cities for Gardens Illustrated magazine. He says it’s ‘a thoroughly enjoyable read, and a beautifully illustrated practical, cultural and historical guide to some of the most common trees in our cities.’
Meanwhile, the Financial Times says: ‘This assured book reflects on the “quiet colossi” that frame urban life… [It’s] a practical, portable companion for city walkers. Her read-aloud pen portraits on common varieties are a joy.’
My new book – Sylvan Cities, An urban tree guide – has been published! Author Sara Maitland has described it as ‘a delightful book: clever, pretty, fun and informative – what more can a reader ask for?’, and author Max Adams says it is ‘Full of gems; a manifesto for green cities. Babbs will turn us all into urban rangers, an unquiet army of neighbourhood watchers.’
An update! My new book – Sylvan Cities, An urban tree guide – will be published by Atlantic on 2 May 2019. More soon…
Exciting news: I’ve had a baby! I’m going to be on maternity leave for the next few months. My new book – about city trees – will be published in spring.
I’ll be talking about and reading from Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways at the Writeidea Festival in Whitechapel.
Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways is reviewed by Towpath Talk magazine, who say: ‘What makes this an intensely readable book is Babbs’ disarming honesty, weighing the highs and lows of a life afloat. The simplicity of the everyday is made magnificent under the microscope of her warm and open prose.’
Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways is reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, who say: ‘Adrift is an engaging introduction to living on a narrow boat, held together with atmospheric descriptions of reconnecting with life’s simple pleasures… Adrift is at its best when capturing the transition from life on land to life on board, as well as mapping the evolving relationship between urban building developments and the canal’s ecology.’
The paperback of Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways is published this month.
Hackney Citizen review Adrift. Their verdict is that it is ‘poetic, informative and thoroughly researched’.
Red magazine picks Adrift as one of the ‘best books set in London‘.
I will be talking about and reading from Adrift at a couple of events this May. Do come along if you can! I’ll be at The Fable in Holborn on Saturday 21 May for their monthly Books for Brunch literary event, and at the Crick Boat Show on Sunday 29 May. Adrift is reviewed by Caught by the River, who praise ‘chapter after chapter of utterly captivating prose’.
Adrift is reviewed in Waterways World magazine, who say: ‘It’s not just the quality of the writing that singles this out as one of the best waterways books for decades, but its timeliness too.’
My new book Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways was published by Icon Books on Thursday 3 March, celebrated with a launch at the wonderful Broadway Bookshop. It was a lovely little event that made it into the news pages of The Bookseller. Adrift has also featured in The Sunday Times and The Guardian this month, and I am extremely happy that the London Review of Books Bookshop has picked it as one of its recent highlights.
You can hear me being interviewed about my new book Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways on BBC Radio London at lunchtime on Monday 22 February and read about it in The Sunday Telegraph on the 28 February. Adrift is published by Icon Books on 3 March.
Adrift: A Secret Life of London’s Waterways, the book I spent most of 2015 researching and writing, goes to print this month. Hurray!