The New Wilderness

Author(s): Diane Cook

General Fiction | Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Bea's five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is wasting away, ravaged by the smog and pollution of the overdeveloped, overpopulated metropolis they call home. Bea knows she cannot stay in the city, but there is only one alternative- The Wilderness State. This vast expanse of unwelcoming, untamed land is untouched by mankind. Until now.

Somewhere between a science experiment and a refugee, Bea and Agnes slowly learn how to live in this unpredictable, often dangerous land. But as Agnes embraces this radically free new existence, Bea realises that her bond with her daughter will be tested in ways she could never have foreseen.

"Evidence of the increasing interpenetration of SF and literary fiction, this Booker-shortlisted novel is set in a climate emergency-ravaged near future....  Cook leavens her satire with sly wit and real wisdom, expertly deconstructing the borderline separating human beings and other animals." - The Guardian; Best Science fiction and fantasy books of 2020.

Product Information

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


Shortlisted Booker Prize 2020







General Fields

  • : 9780861540372
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : bloomsbury
  • : 0.5
  • : April 2020
  • : 3.1 Centimeters X 14.8 Centimeters X 22.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Diane Cook
  • : Paperback
  • : Oct-20
  • : 813.6
  • : 416