Notes from an Apocalypse | Granta

  • Published: 16/04/2020
  • ISBN: 9781783786374
  • Granta Books
  • 272 pages

Notes from an Apocalypse

Mark O'Connell

From the prize-winning author of To Be a Machine – meet the men and women preparing for the end of the world

In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined men and women are getting ready.

They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilization as we know it.

Not unconcerned himself by the possibility of the end of days, Mark O’Connell set out to meet them.

Extraordinarily good-insightful, affecting, funny, and appropriately terrifying. The perfect handbook for the end times. Mark O'Connell is a truly brilliant writer and Notes from an Apocalypse could hardly be more incisive, or more timely

Sally Rooney

Anyone with open eyes lives today bound by apocalyptic fears for the future and the maddening same-ness that defines the present day. Notes from an Apocalypse is a penetrating investigation into that new uncanny, which shapes both our collective indifference and our climate rage

David Wallace Wells, author of, The Uninhabitable Earth

O'Connell is a very, very funny writer and he inserts himself Ronson-like into a series of absurd, ironic and alarming situations... an important book, as well as a seriously funny one'

Sunday Times

The Author

Mark O’Connell is the author of Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back, as well as To Be A Machine, which won the Wellcome prize, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford prize. He is a journalist, essayist, and literary critic from Dublin.

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From the Same Author

To Be a Machine

WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2018
Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2017

A stunning new non-fiction voice tackles an urgent question… what next for mankind?

‘Troubling and humorous, this is one of my current give-it-to-everyone books – I buy six copies at a time’
Jeanette Winterson

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In Conversation

Jenny Offill & Mark O'Connell

‘This isn’t the end of the world. It’s history going about its business. This isn’t the last apocalypse by a long shot.’