Greenhush – the Novel


From 2022, chapters of the novel Greenhush are available to download for free in the Pages.  Just right click the box of lines on the left of the screen.

Alternatively, a hard version of the book is available for £6.95 plus any postage:

  1. Either directly from YPS using the link
  2. Or from Waterstones Books


Rhan, a Syrian refugee living in Sunderland, arrives at Oxford to study engineering. Influenced by her tutorial partner, George, she discovers that her new safe life at the centre of western culture is an illusion fed by denial of a heating planet. The sport of rowing on both the Thames and the Wear is Rhan’s main escape.

In a trip to North Yorkshire, George shows Rhan moorland where environmental impacts are now revealing extraordinary details of prehistoric civilisations. These provide alarming perspectives on the scale of coming changes.

This novel, with its discussions of the environmental legacy being left for the younger generation, should be of particular interest in the context of COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, November 2021.

  • The Book is mostly an exciting easy-to-read story of relationships, education and sport. However, the plot is used to reveal the dreadful underlying dangers that could and should be obvious to all.
  • Forthright discussions cover hazards that even the most concerned lecturers and authors have felt compelled to downplay over the past decades to “avoid causing alarm”.  This has unfortunately resulted in complacency.
  • Promises made in 2021 after COP 26 in Glasgow that the world is still on course for safe temperature rises of 1.5 or 2 degrees are unfortunately highly optimistic.  As noted in IPCC report AR6 for the United Nations, safe conditions now rely on removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere using methods not yet invented.
  • Continuing to add to emissions is therefore a disaster.
  • The new concept of progenicide has been introduced in the novel, which entails little or no thought to the impact of our current emissions on other countries, the young generation and our progeny.
  • The plot uses real-life discoveries of extraordinary prehistoric settlements to indicate both the scale of current environmental change and soil loss.  Such environmental changes have major impacts on civilisations and the novel points out that our current civilisation is particularly vulnerable.
  • Article1 coving the Bronze Age, written for the Yorkshire Archaeological and History Society may be included in this blog.  Article2 covering the Neolithic settlement described in the plot will be included after scientific testing.
  • It is hoped that the novel can be read and circulated widely to reduce the severity of warming and to allow for preparations for physical and humanitarian impacts.


  • The Author has published many technical papers on risks and climate.
  • A Civil Engineer, a profession that boasted control of the natural environment.
  • First project was the Thames Barrier in 1980 (used up to 50 times a year).
  • Visiting university lecturer on low carbon materials and climate.
  • Climate Task Force 2016-18 for Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
  • Delegate for engineers at COP21 in Paris 2015.
  • Warned that IPCC AR5 2014 significantly under-played the risks.  see AR6 2021/22).



Frozen moorland pond b&w cropped


Extracts from the Greenhush Novel

Extracts 1 of 2

Alarmingly correct at predicting the physical realities of global warming…but predictions of society’s reactions have been utterly wrong


The young will recognise that the old generation have knowingly ruined the planet


We are already starting to see the rise of protectionism and nationalism


I don’t understand why everyone thinks the loss of Arctic ice is unimportant


Spending time saving one’s soul is more worthwhile than saving lives


Loss of Arctic ice will exacerbate global warming, taking the future out of our hands with dreadful consequences


Over-population and global warming together…
Keep climate change conversations for consenting adults
There’s still not a branch of society that’s started to address the issues or even ask the right questions
Many will fight to the last drop of oil to destroy themselves and the rest of the globe


Progenicide: the acceptance that our lifestyle will mean the death of descendants or progeny