My book, "Organic Gardening -A Guide for Beginners" - first published in 1996 - is still very popular and is now in its third edition- described by the RSPB as invaluable and inspirational.
I have a review for A Different World from Nick Anderson, editor of the Green Health Watch magazine, part of which as follows:-
"Imagine. It's 2030 and after fifty years of denial by the three Grey Parties, oil and gas become impossibly expensive, the electricity supply is off more than on, fuel stations run out of petrol and diesel regularly and supermarkets are out of food much of the time - protest vote - Radical party.
Author Ruth Jacobs allows herself to imagine just this, and to also imagine how a family might react and cope.
Ruth cleverly users her tale, "A Different World" to introduce the reader to a myriad of "Green" steps families and local communities can take to cope with much reduced levels of gas and fuel and electricity. And,most importantly, bring hope that a society still very dependent on oil can adapt and survive a sudden huge drop in affordable oil, and move forward into a cleaner, healthier. more community-based world.
(Recommended for older children)
I started Liverpool Organic Gardeners in 1984 and edited their newsletter for several years.I lectured at the W.E.A. on organic gardening and give talks on environmental subjects, often invited onto advisory panels on these subects. I have worked at Chelsea Flower Show as a volunteer for Garden Organic. I was on the Daily Post advisory team at Southport Flower Show for some years. I am a freelance writer - articles, humorous sketches and poems and two books. I was evacuated during the war and developed a deep and lasting love for nature and the natural world - only confirmed by my subsequent life in the "urban jungle". (Sorry, no photos) .