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Islands of Abandonment By Cal Flyn

Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn

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

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

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

Islands of Abandonment Reviews

'Extraordinary ... Just when you thought there was nowhere left to explore, along comes an author with a new category of terrain - not scenes where man has never trod, but places where he has been and gone ... As well as an explorer, Flyn, who writes for Granta and the Guardian, is a psycho-geographer, attuned to the spirit of hopeless places - an ecologist, too ... The dozen sites she sees, each of which forms a chapter, she describes with dazzling flair'

'Filled with understanding and adventure, Islands of Abandonment is written with a beautiful attention to detail and a generous and imaginative frame of mind. The wonderful and surprising thing is how much reassurance and sense of possibility comes out of it at every turn. In that way, it is the most precious hymn to resilience'
Adam Nicolson, winner of the 2018 Wainwright Prize

'Meticulous research, lyrical writing and a nose for finding the biological and human oddballs ... It made me think differently about nature, how it can survive in post-Apocalyptic environments, surprise the most eminent scientists and create beauty ... At a time when writing about nature can be depressing, a book that goes to the most depressing places on Earth and finds hope is a revelation'
Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore

'Cal Flyn takes us on a mercurial expedition into the strange lands of human surrender ... Thoughtful, careful, fascinating, poignant, mysterious, surreal, compelling, pace pitch-perfect. I could go on ... and on'
Keggie Carew, bestselling and prizewinning author of Dadland

'Bracing, eye-opening, comprehensive, and essential ... An energizing and important work. It affirms that nature is resilient, given half a chance, and should motivate all of us to try harder, even for the habitats that seem broken or hopeless'
Jeff VanderMeer, bestselling author of the Southern Reach Trilogy

About Cal Flyn

Cal Flyn is an author and journalist from the Highlands of Scotland. Previously she has been a reporter for both The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph, and a contributing editor at The Week magazine. Cal holds a MA in Experimental Psychology from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Her first book, 'Thicker Than Water', was a Times book of the year and dealt with the colonisation of Australia and questions of inherited guilt.

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