Author(s) : David Farrier


Book Details

  • Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
  • Published : 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 320
  • Category :
    Climate Politics
  • Category 2 :
    Environmental Studies
  • Catalogue No : 96417
  • ISBN 13 : 9780008286378
  • ISBN 10 : 000828637X

Reviews and Endorsements

"Fascinating" - Margaret Atwood on Twitter

"What do we owe to the world that comes after us? In this superbly researched and imagined book, David Farrier invites us to expand our sense of deep time to include the deep future" - Caspar Henderson, author of A New Map of Wonders

"Footprints bears witness to the hastening catastrophe of the Anthropocene, illustrating not just the permanence of the traces humans leave behind, but also the impermanence of the human. Profound, urgent, transformative, it is a remarkable book" - James Bradley, author of Ghost Species

"Mr Farrier's prose glitters ... As Mr Farrier notes, even if pollution and consumption ceased tomorrow, their effects would take millennia to unwind. Human life is etched into the fossil record for aeons to come. The challenge is to examine our present by the eerie light cast by the onrushing future. His subtle, elegant book rises to that challenge" - Economist

"It is an oddly hopeful exploration of deep time and a world doing just fine without us" - New Scientist

"Farrier races through the past and makes brief stops in the present before soaring into the deep future, all the while exploring our capacity as human beings to leave traces behind us ... It echoes many of the concerns of nature writers such as Kathleen Jamie, Katharine Norbury and Robert Macfarlane, but from a different coign of vantage. Farrier is less nature writer and more 'smart thinker' ... At its best, there are moments when the eye of the poet and the analyst come together in memorable flight" - Literary Review

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