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Blog Tour - Habitat Man by D. A. Baden


Worms have more purpose than Tim, and a better love life. They break waste down into rich fertile soil; Tim just makes the rich richer. Worms copulate for three hours at a time whereas the closest thing Tim has to love is his lesbian friend Jo. Salvation comes from Jo’s flaky niece Charlotte who asks him three profound questions. Inspired, he sheds his old life to become Habitat Man, giving advice on how to turn gardens into habitats for wildlife. His first client is the lovely Lori. Tim is smitten, but first he has to win round Ethan her teenage son. Tim loves his new life until he digs up more than he bargained for, something that threatens to bring out all the skeletons in his cupboard.

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I seem to be getting quite into #manlit and this is a brilliant example. Tim is fifty, single and hates his desk job. Told from his POV, the story focuses on his desperation to change his life.

He's self deprecating, lacks confidence, is stuck in a rut, and to be honest, seems a rather boring and uninspiring person. But that's only on the outside - as I got to know him, I alternately felt sorry for him, wanted to shake him, and wanted to give him a cuddle. But most of all, he made me want to be his friend.

This is a romance, but it's not the main focus (although it does have a lovely HEA) - the message is to follow your dreams and take life by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shake.

About the Author

Denise Baden is Professor of Sustainability at the University of Southampton and has published numerous book chapters and articles in the academic realm. She wrote the script for a musical that was performed in Southampton and London in 2016, and has written three other screenplays.

This is her first novel.

Habitat Man was inspired by a real-life green garden consultant who helped make her garden more wildlife friendly. Denise set up the series of free Green Stories writing competitions in 2018 to inspire writers to integrate green solutions into their writing (

Habitat Man began as an effort to showcase what a solution-based approach might look like, and then took on a life of its own. In between teaching and research, she is now working on the sequel.

Social Media Links – @DABadenauthor,

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