Salon | After the Devastation
Prize-winning author Cal Flyn explores the most damaged spots on Earth, searching for the marks left on the land when humans finally retreat. Landscapes racked by war, nuclear meltdown, natural disaster, desertification, toxification, irradiation, and economic collapse - from the volcanic Caribbean, to the forbidden areas of France to the mining regions of Scotland, Chernobyl and more. And, somehow, she uplifts our spirit.
In her thought-provoking and evocative investigation, the terrible cost of devastation humans have wrought, makes space for the unanticipated joy of life as Nature flourishes and reclaims abandoned land and the animal kingdom has adapted. Her profound insight and new ecological discoveries together map an answer to the big questions: what happens after we're gone, and how far can our damage to nature be undone?
This is an ultimately redemptive story about the power and promise of the natural world.
ABOUT CAL FLYN
Cal Flyn is an award-winning non fiction writer and investigative journalist from the Highlands of Scotland. Her latest book, Islands of Abandonment, has been a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction. It was the 2021 winner of The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award, the UK and Ireland's most influential prize for young writers.