About The Book

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.

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (August 6, 2020)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781786078223

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‘Cook's is a fresh and vivid voice; it's unsurprising the likes of Miranda July and Roxane Gay are fans.’

– Observer

‘As close to experiencing a Picasso as literature can get.’

– Téa Obrecht, author of Inland (on Man v. Nature)

‘Cook is an accomplished writer with a darkly comic touch.’

– Irish Times

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