Reading List

Last updated: 15 July 2020

Dear reader,

Below is an ever growing list of things I’m reading, listening to, and watching. I update it every now and then. Lettuce know here or on Instagram if you’re into something amazing, I’d LOVE to hear about it.

Yours in good reads,

Nat xx


The Art of Frugal Hedonism, a guide to spending less while enjoying everything more by  Annie Raser-Rowland with Adam Grubb the perfect remedy for a life spent on the work/spend/work/spend hamster wheel.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. An important and stunning read about connection and reciprocity with nature though the lenses of science, ancient wisdom and deep love.

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. An imperative read for all Australians.

Eat Wild Tasmania by Rees Campbell. A handy guide to cooking with native (and some non-native) plants.

A Family Guide to Waste Free Living by Lauren and Oberon Carter. An incredible handbook full of ideas, tips and recipes to help us lower our household waste. Also, I took some of the photos, so I’m completely bias about this one. 

Grown & Gathered and The Village by Matt & Lentil. There are my go-to (nearly everyday!) cooking-from-scratch-bibles. They call it ‘traditional living made modern’, and I can’t get enough of it. 

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit, ‘…she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable’ – I’m part way through the audiobook. Incredible.

Milkwood – Real Skills for Down to Earth Living by Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar. A deep dive into growing tomatoes, mushroom cultivation, natural beekeeping, seaweed and wild food. This one is always with in an arm’s reach. 

The Overstory by Richard Powers. A fantastic novel about a people and connection to trees. I listened to the audiobook.

PIP Permaculture Magazine. This mag is a wonderful resource of ideas, information and inspiration for living an environmentally responsible life using permaculture principles.

Retrosuburbia by David & Su Holmgren. This tome gets right down to the theory and the nut and bolts of living simply, lowering your reliance on a large income, and creating an abundant home-based life with in a resilient suburban community. 

SLOW – Live Life Simply by Brooke McAlary. ‘Part memoir, part practical companion, SLOW provides a fascinating insight into the benefits of slowing down.’ 

A Tree in the House – Flowers for your home, special occasions and every day by Annabelle Hickson. This beautiful book gives us tips and inspiration to bring home-grown and foraged blooms into our home, which have low travel miles, are spray-free and foam-free. 

The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland (foreword by Costa Georgiadis). A super insightful guide on which weeds are edible, and which ones to avoid.  


Dumbo Feather Podcast. Specifically, Matt PurbrickDamon GameauDavid HolmgrenBob BrownSounds of the Wild. A brilliant podcast for the thinking person. I love seeing each new editing pop into my feed.

The Food Podcast by Lindsay Cameron Wilson. This one will stir up a deep ancestral love of food and cooking. And we all have to eat. 

The Hungry Gardener Podcast by Fabian Capomolla. He interviews interesting people that work and live a life in the space where gardening and food meet. 

PIP Permaculture Podcast by Robyn Rosenfeldt. This podcast is a extension of the articles featured in PIP Permaculture Magazine about all things permaculture.

Slow Home Podcast by Brooke and Ben McAlary. They chat to people who have adopted a slower way of life on a really wide range of topics. It always has me nodding along, saying ‘yes!’


2040 directed by Damon Gameau. Damon looks at solutions to the climate emergency that can exist now. It’s a film that is realistically hopeful. 

Climate Change: The Facts. “Sir David Attenborough looks at a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe. With intimate stories of people’s lives affected by climate change, the documentary takes a look at one of the greatest challenges we face today.” 

Happen Films. Specifically, Life With Less WasteCreatures of PlaceThe Plummery and Hands On with Milkwood Permaculture.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a documentary that explores the aftermath of the economic collapse of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The film explores how the people of Cuba came together to implement urban agriculture, energy and economic independence to overcome peak oil.

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