Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

Sku: 9781783784073

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  • ISBN: 9781783784073
  • Author: Mark O'Connell LCSW
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Pages: 277
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined men and women are getting ready. They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilization as we know it. Not unconcerned himself by the possibility of the end of days, Mark O'Connell set out to meet them. 'A cross between Bill Bryson and David Foster Wallace... A fidgety, fretful but very funny book with which to while away the days in self-isolation' - Times


'Like an even more deadpan Louis Theroux, O'Connell ventures into the territory of extremists and reports back with wit, courage and a sort of calmly appalled curiosity... Essential reading' Mark Watson

'Disturbingly relevant... this is, ultimately, surprisingly, a hopeful book' Sunday Times

'One hell of a funny book... A must-read' Irish Independent

'A wryly amusing tour of the end of the world' Financial Times

'Anyone with open eyes lives today bound by apocalyptic fears for the future and the maddening sameness that defines the present day. Notes from an Apocalypse is a penetrating investigation into that new uncanny' David Wallace Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth

'O'Connell shows the... same pinpoint accuracy with a well-timed joke as Geoff Dyer... If we are all heading down the long slide, at least with O’Connell to keep us company, we’ll be laughing – and screaming – all the way' --Irish Times

About the Author

Mark O'Connell is the author of Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back, as well as To Be A Machine, which won the Wellcome prize, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford prize. He is a journalist, essayist, and literary critic from Dublin.

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