The New Wilderness - Reading Guide
Introducing Diane Cook’s future-shock novel, with book reviews, themed reading ideas and discussion topics
Diane Cook’s extraordinary novel is both a blazing lament for our contempt of nature and a deeply humane portrayal of motherhood.
In a world ravaged by climate change, Bea’s five-year-old daughter is wasting away, consumed by the pollution of the metropolis they call home. If they stay in the city, Agnes will die. There is only one alternative: Wilderness State. Living as nomadic hunter-gatherers, Bea and Agnes slowly learn how to survive on this unpredictable, often dangerous land. But as Agnes embraces the wild freedom of her new existence, Bea realises that saving her daughter’s life means losing her in a different way.
About the AuthorDiane Cook is a critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer. A former producer for the radio show, This American Life, she lives in Brooklyn.
Actor Anne-Marie Duff performs a reading from the 2020 Booker Prize-shortlisted author Diane Cook’s book, The New Wilderness.
This was originally streamed during The Booker Prize 2020 winner ceremony.
Being able to remember how much we share with the natural world makes the business of being human a little less bewildering, and lonely