The New Wilderness

The New Wilderness

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Hardback (13 Aug 2020)

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Synopsis

'THE ENVIRONMENTAL NOVEL OF OUR TIMES.' Lemn Sissay, Booker Prize judge

From an acclaimed Guardian First Book Award finalist comes a debut novel 'brutal and beautiful in equal measure' (Emily St. John Mandel)

A Guardian Best Science Fiction Book of the Year

A 'Best Book of the Year 2020' according to BBC Culture

Bea's five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away. The smog and pollution of the overdeveloped, overpopulated metropolis they call home is ravaging her lungs. Bea knows she cannot stay in the City, but there is only one alternative: The Wilderness State. Mankind has never been allowed to venture into this vast expanse of untamed land. Until now. 

Bea and Agnes join eighteen other volunteers who agree to take part in a radical experiment. They must slowly learn how to live in the unpredictable, often dangerous Wilderness, leaving no trace on their surroundings in their quest to survive. But as Agnes embraces this new existence, Bea realises that saving her daughter's life might mean losing her in ways she hadn't foreseen.

At once a blazing lament of our contempt for nature and a deeply humane portrayal of motherhood, The New Wilderness is an extraordinary, urgent novel from a celebrated new literary voice. 

Book information

ISBN: 9781786078216
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Imprint: Oneworld
Pub date:
Edition: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 2399
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 50g
Height: 158mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 45mm