Award-winning writer Ben Macdonald joins us to discuss his new book Cornerstones, how these species can save our planet and the power of books to shape our lives. We are also joined by Rose Malleson, founder of a sustainability book club, who shares her recommendations for summer reading.

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Benedict Macdonald is a lifelong naturalist and now works as a conservationist transforming landscapes back to nature, for the Real Wild Estates company. An award-winning author, his first book, Rebirding (Winner of the Wainwright Prize), outlined how we can transform both the farmed and wilderness areas in our country for wildlife, people and create better financial and social outcomes in the process.

Ben has worked as a television producer on legacy-defining wildlife shows such as David Attenborough’s Our Planet.


Rose is a biodiversity and natural history enthusiast, who supports organisations looking to reduce their carbon emissions and improve their operations to be more sustainable. She also runs a book club for colleagues.

 Rose has suffered with eco-anxiety in the past and has found reading books about nature and the climate – and improving her understanding – has been helpful in moving from inertia to action. She is also interested in the provenance of books, and how the book industry can become more sustainable.