Paul Kingsnorth

Masthead and all the other great pictures are by Alan 'Baggelboy' Rogerson.

A man is alone on an empty moor. Who he is, where he came from and what he has left behind are questions as clouded as the tors. What he faces is a battle with himself, the elements, and with something he begins to see on the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.

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Published by Faber & Faber on 7 July 2016 and available everywhere.

 

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  • The Call of the Wild Essays | 26 July 2016 We had climbed, slowly, to a high mountain ridge. We were two young Englishmen who were not supposed to be here – journalism was forbidden – and four local guides, members of the Lani tribe. Our guides were moving us around the highlands of West Papua, taking us to meet people who could tell us…
  • Ice: a short story Short stories | 15 April 2016 He was standing drumming his fingers on the kitchen counter and staring out of the window. Some birds were fighting over the peanuts in the dented wire cage hanging from the hook on the porch. They would knock each other off and then be knocked themselves, they would arch and swoop away, then circle and…
  • Planting Trees in the Anthropocene Essays | 23 October 2015 I wish I wish I wish in vain I wish I were a maid again. But a maid again I never shall be ‘Till apples grow on an orange tree.  – Traditional Northumbrian song There was something undefined and yet complete-in-itself, Born before Heaven-and-Earth. Silent and boundless, Standing alone without change, Yet pervading all without fail,…
  • Rescuing the English Essays | 13 March 2015 Some years back, I was driving through northern England with a friend. On a Cumbrian A-road west of Kendal, we passed a layby in which was situated a typical British roadside snack bar: a white caravan, a couple of plastic garden chairs, pink and yellow DayGlo cardboard stars advertising chips and fried breakfasts and tea.…
  • The Witness Essays | 1 February 2015 The greatest ecological crisis in the Earth’s history began with the emission of climate-changing gases by an organism that had spread widely across the planet, colonising many of its ecological niches. These gases &emdash; the waste products of its lifestyle &emdash; gradually accumulated in the atmosphere. For a long time nothing noticeably changed, but at…
  • Reading the Riot Act Reviews | 11 December 2014 “The study of the past with one eye, so to speak, on the present, is the source of all the sins and sophistries in history,” insisted the historian Herbert Butterfield in 1931. His famous warning against what he called the “Whig interpretation of history” – viewing past events as mere stepping stones towards the present, or…

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