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Alexandria by Paul Kingsnorth


One thousand years from now, the sole inhabitants of a small island - a group no larger than an extended family - are living in a post-civilised world. They are perhaps the Earth's only human survivors.

But lurking outside their isolated community is a figure in red, an emissary from another way of life: a virtual place of refuge and security, of escape from the dangers of a newly wild world. The visitor calls it Alexandria.

A work of radical and matchless imagination, Paul Kingsnorth's new novel is a mythical, polyphonic drama driven by elemental themes: of community versus the self, the mind versus the body, machine over man; whether to put your faith in the present or the future.

Set on the far side of the climate apocalypse, Alexandria completes the Buckmaster Trilogy, which began with Kingsnorth's prize-winning The Wake.

England's greatest living writer ... Kingsnorth has finally traveled beyond literature into myth, cementing his title as a profoundly religious writer of uniquely English stamp.
Aris Roussinos, Washington Examiner

The writing is a linguistic delight ... Kingsnorth's novel is both of time and out of time, and it posits some of the most urgent questions of this millennium: where are we going, and what will become of us.
Financial Times

A remarkable project ... Kingsnorth creates images that have a timeless power.
Erica Wagner, New Statesman

'Beckett doing Beowulf.' London Review of Books

Given that the Summer of Love banquet follows soon after this, members of the audience are welcome to attend this session in their 1960s fancy dress if they so wish


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