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All Through the Night

Why Our Lives Depend on Dark Skies

Dani Robertson author


Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers

Published:14th Sep '23

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One woman’s fight to protect our planet's nature and environment from the effects of light pollution.

Best New Books on Space 2024 – Forbes

‘Rarely is a non-fiction book about science this engaging’ – Forbes

Best New Books on Space 2024 – Forbes

‘Rarely is a non-fiction book about science this engaging’ – Forbes

Why darkness is so important – to plants, to animals, and to ourselves – and why we must protect it all costs.

Darkness is the first thing we know in our human existence. Safe and warm inside the bubble of the womb, we are comfortable in that embracing dark. But as soon as we are bought into the light, we learn to fear the dark. Why?

This book is a celebration of all things that go bump in the night and the joy that can be found when the sun goes down. As a society we have closed our curtains to the darkness, now Dani Robertson urges you to cast those curtains wide, step out of your front door and let the darkness pull you in.

Some 99 per cent of Western Europeans live under light polluted skies, but what is this doing to our health? Our wellbeing? Our connection to the cycles of nature?

Our wildlife, too, has been cast into the harsh glare of our light addiction, with devastating impacts.

In this book Dani shares with you the excitement and adventure she has found when everyone else is tucked up in bed. She explores constellations and cultures, enjoys environmental escapades, all whilst learning why we are addicted to light and why it is ruining our lives. She’ll show you why the darkness is so important and why we must protect it all costs. You’ll become a crusader of Darkness and an expert on what we can do to stop the onward march of light pollution (clue: it’s as easy as the flick of a switch).

Her life depends on darkness, and yours does too.

'A heartfelt, necessary and very enjoyable book.'
Tristan Gooley, author of The Secret World of Weather

'A hymn of praise to darkness and the unfathomable wonder of a true night sky, this book is also an urgent call to arms. As Dani Robertson shows, our health, and that of the planet around us, is inextricably linked with the power of the dark. We are losing it at great speed, and to our great peril. Read the book, look up in awe, and act.'
Mike Parker, author of All the Wide Border

'Discreet, glowing insights throw gentle but piercing light onto what we are doing to what Dani Roberston calls one of the most endangered landscapes on Earth – the night sky'
Mary Colwell, author of Curlew Moon

'Woven through All Through the Night is a wonderful story of what natural darkness means to Dani. Her story is more than an anecdote, it's a powerful recounting of what is lost when the night burns like day, and the simple steps we can all take to reclaim natural darkness to benefit us all'
Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director at International Dark-Sky Association

'Passion and urgency lie beneath poetic and whimsically written passages'
Sky at Night Magazine

'Dani Robertson is a fine writer – lyrical and eloquent in extolling the beauty of our world – especially the dark starry sky … her book is more than a memoir; it’s filled with episodes enlivening her theme with history, science and topography, and with individual biographies. All through the Night is fascinating and inspiring – it deserves wide readership'
Lord Martin Rees

‘An utterly illuminating book that will open your eyes to an overlooked world in deep peril. Dani makes a compelling case for just how urgently we need to reform our relationship with darkness. Everyone interested in nature will find surprise, intrigue and awe on every page.’
Nicholas Gates, co-author of Orchard: A Year in England’s Eden

ISBN: 9780008586720

Dimensions: 222mm x 141mm x 31mm

Weight: 430g

320 pages