• Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment
  • Islands of Abandonment

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape

Non-Fiction, Geography, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 23/12/2021
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Islands of Abandonment
Beautiful, unique and necessary.
This is really excellent. Aside from the basic premise, which is interesting enough, the element of the book I found most fascinating was the back-stories ... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
Islands of Abandonment
What Happens When We Move Out And Nature Moves In
I was lucky enough to be given this as an Advanced Reading Copy in 2020 and it made my top ten books of the year, which is the only reason it hasn't made t... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Islands of Abandonment
A fascinating, wide reaching exploration of the power of nature.
I'm not an avid reader of non-fiction, however I gave myself a challenge this year to read more N-Fic and had a copy from the publishers through work so th... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus

Synopsis

Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2021 Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January 2022 Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2021 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?

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008329808
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm

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Islands of Abandonment
Fascinating journey involving nature's encroachment in areas of human habitation.
Journey through areas devastated or where economic growth changed as nature retakes what was lost.
Jim
Islands of Abandonment
My favourite non fiction currently
The author brings so much insight and perspective to the abandoned areas discussed, it's incredibly moving. I definitely think nothing can top this for my ... READ MORE
Anam Ahmed
Islands of Abandonment
The Power of Survival.
An absolutely fascinating novel which looks at places damaged and abandoned by humans, due to war, disaster or economic deterioration, where nature has rec... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Islands of Abandonment
This book was not what I expected at all...
When I was first made aware of this book, for some reason I immediately thought it would be all doom & gloom, and that if I read it I wouldn’t finish it bu... READ MORE
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