Challenger's privilege is great, her courage exemplary, and no one could doubt her passion. This book is an urgent attempt to understand how we got into this mess, and how we might go forward, knowing that we are capable of causing, and of feeling, great loss
Kathleen Jamie, Guardian
[The] move," says Challenger, "from distinctive cultural knowledge born of the varied attributes of landscapes to the universal cultural knowledge of technologies is akin to the disappearance of diversity in nature." This book offers no remedy for the decline of the sublime in favour of the picturesque, but it does advise that we weigh our losses against our supposed gains.
Iain Finlayson, The Times
A strikingly peripatetic project, both geographically and intellectually ... her prose paintings are memorable and her digressions consistently thought provoking. The result is enjoyably ruminative