Wanting a fresh perspective on her own life, the writer Helen Gordon set out to read that epic narrative. Her odyssey takes her from the secret fossils of London to the 3-billion-year-old rocks of the Scottish Highlands, and from a state-of-the-art earthquake monitoring system in California to one of the world’s most dangerous volcanic complexes in Naples.
At every step, she finds that the apparently solid ground beneath our feet isn’t quite as it seems.
‘A terrific book, especially clarifying on the Anthropocene in context. I loved the especially eye-opening last chapter on the deep future, on the disposal of nuclear waste and the human failing to think and plan beyond the individual lifespan. Sobering and instructive time travel.’ ~ Max Porter, guest contributor to March 2022’s Hot Reads
Read more of Max’s recommendations in March 2022’s Rebel Library Hot Reads
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