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Islands of Abandonment

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Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn
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Jun 14, 2022 | ISBN 9781984878212

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FINALIST FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE, THE WAINWRIGHT CONSERVATION AWARD, THE BRITISH ACADEMY BOOK PRIZE, and THE SCOTTISH NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR

A VULTURE “BOOK OF THE SUMMER”

A BEST TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR in THE WASHINGTON POST, SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, and NEWSWEEK

THE SUNDAY TIMES’ SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED FOR THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE 2021

“Captures the dread, sadness, and wonder of beholding the results of humanity’s destructive impulse, and…arrives at a new appreciation of life.” –The New Yorker
 
“Vital…Flyn offers cautious optimism for the fate of the planet’s species. She resists being paralyzed by fear and encourages people to ‘find faith enough to fight’ climate change.'”–Washington Post
 
“[A] heartening look at nature’s power to reclaim the places where humans no longer linger…Haunting? Yes, but also hopeful.” –NatGeo
 
“[A] riveting collection of essays…. Through lush and poetic language, [Flyn] captures the vital forces at work in the natural world. This is nature writing at its most potent.” Publishers Weekly (Starred)

“Brave, unflinching, and keenly observant….Flyn writes with the soul of a poet and the eye of a painter…” Booklist (Starred)

“Strangely beautiful…absorbing” –Library Journal, (Starred)
 
“[Flyn] has an eye for the fresh facet and telling detail, delivered with a crisp lyricism…Islands of Abandonment is ultimately far more than a factual survey of liminal geographies, although it’s a well-researched one. And it is more than an eloquent foray into landscapes of the mind. By mapping the ecological recovery now sweeping the globe, it celebrates the power of benign neglect in enabling nature to do the journeywork of regeneration…” Medium

“There have been trailblazing nonfiction titles on rewilding: most famously, Isabella Tree’s Wilding, George Monbiot’s Feral and, more recently, Cal Flyn’s Islands of Abandonment.” —LitHub

“Bracing, eye-opening, comprehensive, and essential, Islands of Abandonment is an energizing and important work. It affirms that nature is resilient, given half a chance, and should motivate all of us to try harder, even for the habitats that seem broken or hopeless.”
Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation and the Southern Reach Trilogy

“Full of surprise and hope, spiced with horror. A vivid guide to the strange and resilient life of seemingly ruined and waste spaces, one that calls us to new understandings of nature and beauty.”
David George Haskell, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees

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