Cal Flyn

Book Shambles

You’ve probably encountered online what is often labeled ‘Abandoned Places Porn’. Artistic photography of disused theme parks, factories and that sort of thing. Our guest on today’s show is the author of widely acclaimed, and Baillie Gifford Prize shortlisted book, Islands of Abandonment, an in depth exploration into the places where nature is flourishing after humans have left. She talks to Robin about the book, the myths around these sorts of places, science fiction, Chernobyl and much more.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn

Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis

The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth

Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky

The work of Robert MacFarlane

The work of Elizabeth Kolbert

The work of Kathleen Jamie

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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