Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex and his other books include The Earth Only Endures (2007) and Agri-Culture (2002). He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, former Deputy-Chair of the government's Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and has served on advisory committees for a number of government departments. He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009.
"Over the past decades, Jules Pretty has become one of the great prophetic voices about the consequences of our rapacious attitude to the land. This new book is a more personal look at his own patch of the planet – the coastline of East Anglia. This, in a quite literal sense, is a beachhead: as sea-level rises remorselessly, as farming intensifies inland, as old skills become redundant, the fate of this luminous coast emerges as a kind of allegory of our environmental predicament. In his long walk along the coast, Jules paints a vivid, loving, wise but troubled portrait of one of the richest but least known regions of Britain."
This Luminous Coast
Publication March 2011
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