AmandatheTeenActivist

Can one girl and her friends save the lives of hundreds of factory farmed hens? When Amanda Cotter is dragged to Australia, away from her best friend and her dog, she thinks things can’t get much worse. Well, that’s until she finds herself hiding in a caged egg farm after her first day at Woollybutt High. As she looks into the eyes of a trapped hen, Amanda realises that if she gets out of here, nothing will be the same again. Will she be able to prove to her dad that one 13-year-old activist really can make a difference or will her efforts get herself and the hens in more trouble than ever before?

Ana Paula Maria - Of Cattle and Men

 

Ana Paula Maria’s 99-page work, translated from Portuguese by Zoe Perry, won the 2024 Republic of Consciousness Prize. Described by judge by the judges as “both a tightly focused, utterly gripping human story and a devastating universal parable for our times” and “a gut-punch of a novel”, the action is set in a slaughterhouse in an isolated corner of Brazil where cows begin to disappear, seemingly by suicide.

 

Scratch the surface of the ordinary-looking community of Abyrne, and there’s deceit and depravity galore. Juxtaposing the banality of everyday life with the macabre in a town dominated by the twin forces of a sinister religious sect and a meat processing industry, d’Lacey conjures a wild, subversive story that probes the darkest corners of the human psyche. For lovers of horror fiction, it’s a gorily thrilling tale of predators, prey, religious gaslighting, and dirty money.

 

In our past as hunter-gatherers, we were predators. But in an agricultural age, our relationship to the animals we kill for their meat has undergone a slow but radical transformation. In his unflinching study of how this shift plays out in the modern psyche, Rob Percival explores how our capacity to empathise with suffering animals clashes with our willingness to consume their flesh. In doing so he challenges us to confront the uncomfortable truths that lie on our dinner plates and to grapple with the moral implications of our appetites – making this an essential read for anyone struggling with their conscience.

 

 

Safran Foer’s hard-hitting yet deeply personal examination of the meat industry in the USA explores the brutal landscape of modern food production. Driven to dig deeper into his own ethical and environmental dilemmas, Foer dismantles the facades of the meat industry, exposing the ugly realities that lurk behind the neatly packaged cuts.

Drawing from his own experiences and extensive research, Safran Foer presents a compelling case for reconsidering our relationship with food and the creatures we consume, challenging readers to confront the uncomfortable truths of factory farming, and questioning the moral implications of our dietary choices. At the same time he charts the environmental devastation wrought by mass livestock production, highlighting the staggering ecological footprint of meat consumption, and he champions the farmers and activists striving to create a more compassionate and sustainable food system. Through their stories, he invites readers to imagine a future where ethical considerations guide our food choices, making Eating Animals not just a condemnation of factory farming but a call to action.

“The only realistic hope for a turnaround in our civilization’s disastrous trajectory is for a critical mass of ordinary citizens to push for the deep changes required. This important book offers a thought-provoking new strategy to engage segments of the population who would never normally consider themselves activists in the struggle for a positive future. Demonstrating multiple possible pathways to catalysing a commitment to climate action, it offers a creative alternative to reaching the “climate majority’ tipping point that we need.” – Jeremy Lent

 

“Wain’s poetry collection is full of sharply-crafted insights into the world we have, and the ways we might open our doors to something different that we’d be proud to leave to the generations that come after us – which is the living definition of Thrutopian writing.

We build the worlds we want to see, and we imagine them into being. And then there are ley lines stretching out across the terrain of the collective unconscious and others can walk them, and others and others. Until the day they feel like the way everyone has always walked.” – Manda Scott

 

 

“Hands down, Natasha Pulley is one of the greatest writers of our generation.  If the human race survives beyond this crisis point, I fully expect our descendants to look back on her entire body of work as little short of genius. Her shaping of language, of character and the clarity and skill of her plots – to say nothing of the deeply scientific underlay and the rather clever experiments with time, leaves me ever in awe.

None of her books to date has been strictly Thrutopian- until now. If we stretch points a little, The Mars House is an examination of how things can go very, very badly wrong – and potentially how human nature leans towards decency in the end.” – Manda Scott

 

 

Claire North started writing when she was 14 years old.  This doesn’t guarantee that she’s a writing genius – but actually, she is. Notes from the Burning Age is set in a post-apocalyptic future where The Burning Age is a time remembered with great fear: humanity pushed too hard and the spirits of the earth, returned to exact…not quite revenge because they don’t care about people, but they did what they must to stop further damage and humanity barely survived…magically written.” – Manda Scott