The Earth

Richard Fortey

The face of the earth, criss-crossed by chains of mountains like the scars of old wounds, has changed constantly over billions of years. Its shape records a remote past of earthquakes, volcanos and continental drift, and the ongoing subtle shifts that bring our planet alive. Richard Fortey introduces us to the earth’s distinct character, revealing the life that it leads when humans aren’t watching. He follows the continual movement of seabeds, valleys, mountain ranges and ice caps and shows how everything – our culture, natural history, even the formation of our cities – has its roots in geology. In Richard Fortey’s hands, geology becomes vital and exhilarating and unmistakably informs our lives in the most intimate way.

Reviews of The Earth

  • Praise for ‘The Earth’:

    ‘A dazzling achievement. Richard Fortey is without peer among science writers.’ Bill Bryson

    ‘Books with a title this ambitious generally do not live up to their billing. This one does.’ New Scientist

    ‘“The Earth” is a true delight: full of awe-inspiring details…it blends travel, history, reportage and science to create an unforgettable picture of our ancient earth.’ Sunday Times

    ‘Read this book because it is, indeed, the best natural history of the first four billion years of life on earth.’ John Gribbin, Sunday Times

    Praise for ‘The Hidden Landscape’:

    ‘Don’t drop dead until you have read “The Hidden Landscape”.’ Jonathan Keates, Observer

    Praise for ‘Life: An unauthorised Biography’:

    ‘This is not a book for people who like science books. It is a book for people who love books, and life…[Fortey] has written a wonderful book.’ Tim Radford, Guardian