Islington Green: a book of revelation
2012 | 96pp | £10 (PB)
Reviewed by Harriet Gould
John Emsley’s earnest, well-meaning north London couple took me through an array of moral and practical dilemmas – ones which many of us face – surrounding sustainability and the use of chemicals in everyday life. This is almost a devil’s advocate approach, with some delightfully good natured debate coupled with evidential proof and a glimpse of the evolution of the chemical industry.
Amid the couple’s enlightening discoveries, made through trial and error and disguised as modern day north London living, I detected a glimmer of bias towards the benefits of chemicals. As the story unfolds this proves entirely justifiable. Nevertheless, the content is hugely valuable and should serve as an educational gem for the young, inexperienced chemist, as well as a useful tool to aid anyone’s debate as to whether organic is best or indeed if organic really is organic!
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