of the introductions to topics and many of the papers and other
contributions included in the topics have references or bibliographies
relevant to their subjects. Also GreenSpirit Books
mail-order service includes a wide range of currently available books
and other material relating to creation spirituality.
intention of this section of the Resource Pack is to include a list of
the field of fiction, near fiction and fantasy that have been
GreenSpirit members as providing inspiration and a depth of insight
works of the imagination can supply.
for Children of All Ages
Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows
(HarperCollins, 1994), pp. 272. ISBN 0 00 647926 X The adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger, Toad and
the River. Text
Ursula La Guin. The Earthsea Quartet
(Penguin Books, 1993), pp. 691. ISBN 0 14 015427 2
Comprising A Wizard of Earthsea, The
Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore and Tehanu.
As a young dragonlord Ged, whose use-name is Sparrowhawk, is sent to
the island of Roke to learn the true way of magic. Ged becomes an
Archmage and helps High Priestess Tenar escape from the labyrinth of
darkness. But as the years pass, true magic and ancient ways are forced
to submit to the powers of evil although these are finally overcome by
the dragon Kalessin.
Rudyard Kipling. Just So Stories
(Penguin Books, 1998), pp. 160. ISBN 0 14 062113 X.
How the Camel got its Hump, The Beginning of the Armadillos, The cat
that Walked, The Butterfly the Stamped and many more stories of
C S Lewis. The Chronicles of
Narnia (Diamond Books, HarperCollins
1997). Boxed set comprising:
Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe; The Horse and his Boy: Prince Caspian; Voyage of the
The Silver Chair; The Last Battle. The history of the world of Narnia and of the
Adam and daughters of
Eve who became kings and queens there.
Phillip Pullman. Northern Lights (Scholastic Press,
416. The Subtle Knife (Scholastic Press,
352. The Amber Spyglass (Scholastic Press,
The complex plot is driven by an affirmation of physicality and also of
consciousness. The 'Dust' which streams through the story's parallel
universes without communication with intelligent beings will leak out
into nowhere. If you want to know how this and kindred themes are woven
into a narrative with a wonderful variety of living characters, read
Simmons. Hyperion (Bantam Books, 1990), pp. 482.
ISBN 0 553 28368 5. The Fall of Hyperion (Bantam
1991), pp. 517. ISBN 0 553 28820 2. Endymion (Bantam Books, 1996),
624. ISBN 0 553 57294 6. The Rise of Endymion (Bantam
1998), pp. 709. ISBN 0 553 57298 9.
J R R Tolkien. The Lord of the
Rings (Harper Collins, 1993), pp. 1137. ISBN 0 261
10325 3. Comprising
The Fellowship of the Ring, The
Two Towers and The
Return of the King.
The story of the quest to destroy the Great Ring as told by Bilbo and
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The
of the Rings and those who are going to read them." The
aspects of these stories is studied in Patrick Curry. Defending
Huxley. Island (Grafton Books, 1976), pp. 336,
ISBN 0 586 04439 6
This was Huxley's last novel, first published in 1962. While Island
is a work of fiction, it is the vehicle Huxley used to communicate his
ideas about how people in a good society would interact with each other
and their environment.
See also www.island.org/Huxley/
for quotes and comment.
Kingsolver. Prodigal Summer Hardback: (Faber & Faber,
The key character in this story of an Appalachian spring is a female
coyote who does not appear until the very last page but who provides
the thread weaving the other characters together. This is a beautiful
story, very well told. [Review]
Faber, 2001), pp.453,
Fiennes. The Snow Geese
(Picador, 2002), pp. 250,
ISBN 0 330 37579 2
Snow geese spend their summers in the
Canadian Arctic. Each autumn they
migrate south, to Delaware, California and the Gulf of Mexico, and in
the spring they fly north again. One year William Fiennes decided to go
with them and to write the story of his travels. The result is a
mesmerizing story about the joy of being alive, of being on the move
and – above all – of returning home.
Le Guin. Always Coming Home.
(University of California Press), pp. 524,
ISBN 0 520 22735 2
The people in this book might be
going to have lived a long, long time
from now in Northern California. The main part of the book is their
voices speaking for themselves in stories and life-stories, plays,
poems and songs.