Jimmy Doherty: My six best books | Books | Entertainment
The Farming Ladder by G Henderson
An old book that was an inspiration when I was setting up the farm.
It’s the story of two brothers who took over a chicken farm while the farmer went to war.
When he returned they handed over a bag of money.
They believed in keeping back the best breeding stock and working with nature.
We Want Real Food by Graham Harvey
This had a big impact.
It explores the effect of food production on the planet and poses interesting questions.
It talks about how deficient we are in the mineral content of our food, which is alarming.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan Bloomsbury, £10.99
I love the title. It is about how the omnivore chooses food and the journey that food goes on.
Pollan looks at a McDonald’s meal, starting with a calf being born in America and following it through to the feedlot.
He then outlines what life could be like if we went down a different road.
Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins Penguin, £9.99
This is all about evolution and Dawkins makes it very understandable.
One example he gives is the similarity between a squid’s eye and a human eye. How does a squid get such an amazing eye?
I studied zoology so I’ve always been fascinated by the sheer diversity of nature.
Journey To The Ants by Bert Hölldobler & Edward o Wilson Harvard, £22.95
You don’t have to be really into biology to enjoy this one about ant societies.
They organise themselves without a word being spoken. I’m obsessed with insects.
I’ll often leave a bit of bread out and the next day there’s a huge trail of ants going back to their nest.
Dadventures by Alex Gregory HarperCollins, £12.99
I’ve got four girls under eight and this is brilliant.
It’s a really handy book for dads, showing how to build a raft or an insect trap.
I built a Viking boat recently out of wood. It’s a very good antidote to the iPad.