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Fen, Bog & Swamp – 4.00 stars


An interesting combination of myth and science

The RCMG Book Club read and discussed Fen, Bog & Swamp: a Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis by Annie Proulx at the November discussion. Master Gardener volunteers read the book over the winter and shared their thoughts in small group discussion.

Reader Poll

  1. Enjoyable—4.25 out of 5 stars

  2. Educational— 4.0 out of 5 stars

  3. Recommended—4.00 out of 5 stars

Reader Comments

What the readers said about this book:

  • I loved how Annie Proulx spoke plainly but exquisitely about the destruction of fens, bogs, and swamps.

  • This book is a compendium of information about fens, swamps, and bogs pulled together by a professional literature writer.

  • I loved how she told us the differences between them.

  • It was an interesting combination of myth and science.

  • A good read.

  • Some lovely writing but [the author is] not a scientist so the perspective is a bit different.

  • Fascinating history of fen, bog and swamp.

  • Having spent time in the UK, I thought a lot about the draining of the fens in East Anglia, Ely UK.

  • I enjoyed hearing the historical context of how we got to now.

Next Book Club Discussion – January 2024

The January Book of the Month is The Insect Crisis: the Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World by Oliver Milman.


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