Campfire Book Club

Sharing passion for favourite and iconic books, new thinking and blogs, authors, literary ideas, book reviews, literature fairs...
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27 Jan 2020 at 02:19 by Pete Lawrence
When saving the world makes you feel good, it's worth sharing" proclaimed Natalie Fee as she talked about the inspiration for her book 'How To Save The World For Free' at Campfire's first Book Club event in Frome. Here is a digest of the recommended books from our session.
1 May. 2020 by Julie Horsley
There may be causes that inspire us or raise the fire within us.  We may be aware of injustice, cruelty or neglect in the lives of others and feel compelled to act on their behalf.  Also, many of us grew up in a softer, greener world.
13 Feb. 2019 by Pete Lawrence
Shoshana Zuboff's new book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is already a sensation and some are already saying that it is as destined to be as iconic as the works of Marx or Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations'. It explores the emergence of surveillance capitalism as the dominant form of information capitalism and its implications for individuals, society, and democracy in the twenty-first century. As Naomi Klein has said: “everyone needs to read this book as act of digital self-defence."
8 Sep. 2018 by Pete Lawrence

Punching the air isn't something I do very often, even less so when I'm immersed in a good book, but I found myself doing this on more than one occasion reading 'How Soon Is Now', so poignant and relevant are its theories, examples, conclusions and calls to action, chiming with a lot of my own recent thinking and Campfire's emergent values and principles too.

20 Jan. 2018 by Pete Lawrence
Johann Hari's new book : finding an antidepressant didn’t mean finding a way to change your brain chemistry. It meant finding a way to solve the problem that was causing the depression in the first place. "We can do the same. Some of these solutions are things we can do as individuals, in our private lives. Some require bigger social shifts, which we can only achieve together, as citizens. But all of them require us to change our understanding of what depression and anxiety really are."
13 Sep. 2017 by Pete Lawrence
If you read one book on economic theory this year, this is probably the one. Kate Raworth's eco-model shunts aside the traditional neoliberal consensus. "Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet...to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend.
27 Aug. 2017 by Ruth Wallsgrove
Starting to understand the history of the 20th Century