I established Earthspun Books to publish beautiful books about our planet Earth that serve to enlighten, stimulate and inform their readers.
My decision was driven by the desire to have more control over the content, presentation, format, marketing and pricing of popular earth science titles. Earthspun books convey key, fundamental concepts about Earth and, in particular, the relationship between people and Earth – how Earth impacts upon us and how we are increasingly having impacts on Earth.
There are currently four titles, and it is anticipated that the list will grow over the coming years. Simply click on the book cover image to explore more about what they are about, with Table of Contents and example page excerpts are included as pdfs for downloading. The books are available at reasonable prices in several different formats (print and digital – refer to the Buy page for details).
A history of geology through encounters with Table Mountain
Towering above the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain has a tumultuous story to tell that extends back over 500 million years. The iconic landmark at the south-western tip of Africa has been a welcome sight to locals and overseas visitors for more than 500 years. One of the most-climbed mountains in the world, Table Mountain inspired many to record their thoughts and impressions. While the rocky massif has remained virtually unchanged, people’s perceptions of it have changed dramatically.
This book chronicles the evolution of how we think and feel about mountains through the written records of those who encountered Table Mountain, and how we came to read Table Mountain’s story in parallel with the development of geology as a science.
My book, ‘West Coast, A Natural History’, is a series of vignettes on various aspects of the West Coast that I have come to know through numerous research projects over the last 25 years.
‘Human Origins, How diet, climate and landscape shaped us’, provides a narrative of where, when and how our species may have evolved. Human Origins covers our deep (or ‘big’) history from the big bang to the present with projections into the future, It includes new perspectives based on the latest evidence from southern Africa.
The Rocks & Mountains of Cape Town
‘The Rocks & Mountains of Cape Town’ is a field guide to understanding the landscape, geological history and human interactions with Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain.