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Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape

by Cal Flyn

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Published 21st January 2021, 384 pages
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT CONSERVATION AWARD AND THE BRITISH ACADEMY BOOK PRIZE FOR GLOBAL CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

‘The most precious hymn to resilience … written with a beautiful attention to detail … Wonderful ‘ ADAM NICOLSON, winner of the 2018 Wainwright Prize

‘Extraordinary … Just when you thought there was nowhere left to explore, along comes an author with a new category of terrain … Dazzling’ SPECTATOR

This is a book about abandoned places: ghost towns and exclusion zones, no man’s lands and fortress islands - and what happens when nature is allowed to reclaim its place.

In Chernobyl, following the nuclear disaster, only a handful of people returned to their dangerously irradiated homes. On an uninhabited Scottish island, feral cattle live entirely wild. In Detroit, once America’s fourth-largest city, entire streets of houses are falling in on themselves, looters slipping through otherwise silent neighbourhoods.

This book explores the extraordinary places where humans no longer live - or survive in tiny, precarious numbers - to give us a possible glimpse of what happens when mankind’s impact on nature is forced to stop. From Tanzanian mountains to the volcanic Caribbean, the forbidden areas of France to the mining regions of Scotland, Flyn brings together some of the most desolate, eerie, ravaged and polluted areas in the world - and shows how, against all odds, they offer our best opportunities for environmental recovery.

By turns haunted and hopeful, this luminously written world study is pinned together with profound insight and new ecological discoveries that together map an answer to the big questions: what happens after we’re gone, and how far can our damage to nature be undone?

‘A redemptive, celebratory pageant of a book, rich in reflection and revelation’
Gavin Francis, author of Island Dreams

‘Meticulous research, lyrical writing’
Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore

‘Fascinating, poignant, mysterious, surreal, compelling’
Keggie Carew, bestselling author of Dadland

Details

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape
by Cal Flyn

ISBN
9780008329761

Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Jan. 21, 2021

Dimensions
22.2cm x 14.1cm x 3.5cm

Page count
384 pages