Greenhush – the Novel

Access to the Novel

All chapters of the novel Greenhush are available to download for free in the Pages of this blog.  Just left click the box of lines on the left of the screen and select the required Chapter.  Alternative methods to acquire the novel are:

  1. Directly from YPS for £6.95 plus any postage using the link
  2. From bookshops eg Waterstones Books by order
  3. On line order by clicking on WaterstonesBooks-Greenhush for £6.95+pp
  4. From Amazon available by clicking AmazonPaperBack£6.95
  5. Or a digital version  by clicking on AmazonKindleVesionOfGreenhush which is free on some Amazon deals or for 70p


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 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).
  • 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.



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


Initial comments on the Novel Greenhush

  • ‘This interesting and enjoyable tale is interwoven with pertinent information about global warming and concludes with an important potential solution.’ Scientists Warning Europe
  • ‘Managed to combine a well written “good read” with some really enlightening facts and deeply disturbing insight into quite how deep-rooted climate denial is… I always wondered why no one seemed to be worried.’ DS
  • ‘For me the strength of the book was the character of Rhan; her status as an outsider gave a great tool for presenting her new experiences – Oxford, rowing, climate change, Neolithic civilisation – with a clear perspective.’ FT
  • I finished Greenhush yesterday, and enjoyed it so much I had to tell you. You were able to write about rowing so colourfully.  I became quite involved with Rhan’s life and was wishing her every success at whatever she did.
  • There were some bits I didn’t understand, like the maths references early on in the book, but it didn’t stop me getting the full picture.  Also I know a bit about Global Warming, but you have put it in such a way that I am 100% behind it.  When your three young characters were discovering earlier life out on the moors, I was picturing the land in my head.   I realise the whole point of the book is to help awareness of the Global Warming problem, but as a novel as well, it works wonderfully.  BM
  • I have just finished reading your book Greenhush and enjoyed it – especially the brilliant surprise twist at the end.  I spent most of the book thinking ‘are tutors really so closed minded that they would remonstrate with an undergraduate for raising a legitimate question with a visiting lecturer’ and ‘what on earth has rowing got to do with climate change to maintain the readers interest’ – until the last few pages.  RF