Four essential books for life right now

As part of its Festival of Wellbeing, The Resurgence Trust has highlighted a selection of books for anyone curious about keeping our world and ourselves in balance.

 

Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and how to Fix Them – by Tim Lang, £25, Pelican Books

Eye-opening and pivotal: How does Britain get its food? Why is our current system at breaking point? How can we fix it before it is too late?

Lang, Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City University London, takes stock of the UK food system: where it comes from, what we eat, its impact, fragilities and strengths. This is a book on the politics of food. Feeding Britain argues against short-sighted policies on food production and proposes a new course for UK food that needs to begin now.

 

Entangled Life: How fungi make our worlds, change our minds and shape our futures – by Merlin Sheldrake, £20, Penguin Random House From redefining the boundaries of intelligent life forms to providing us with the building blocks of foodstuffs and medicines, Entangled Life demonstrates just how integral fungi are to nearly all living systems, to understanding the planet on which we live – and even the ways we think, feel and behave.

 

Can we be happier? Evidence and Ethics – by Richard Layard, £22, Pelican Books

Most people now realise that economic growth, however desirable, will not solve all our problems. Instead, we need a philosophy and a science which encompasses a much fuller range of human need and experience.

This book argues that the goal for a society must be the greatest possible all-round happiness, and shows how each of us can become more effective creators of happiness, both as citizens and in our own organisations.

 

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness – by Gelong Thubten, £8.99, Yellow Kite

The Sunday Times bestseller

Everyone looks externally to find contentment, we think material possessions will unlock our happiness. Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten explains how we need to look within, and connect to our true essence in order to find peace – showing how daily meditation and mindfulness really are the key to finding long-lasting happiness.