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The New Wild

Life in the Abandoned Lands

ISBN 978-0956940483

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Travels Through Absence

Letters from the European City

ISBN 978-0956940490

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THE NEW WILD:

LIFE IN THE ABANDONED LANDS

As rural populations age and decline, new and surprising landscapes are appearing across Europe. Farmland lies abandoned, reclaimed by a self-willed natural world: trees are growing where once there were fields; wild animals roam free amongst the debris.

Away from the pull of our economic centres, marginalised regions are witnessing the start of a demographic and cultural collapse. Ways of life become stories, stories become history, and as the city grows the memory fades…

But things grow from the cracks of ruin, and in the cracks of great change are small stories. In an abandoned alpine valley, one village’s precarious attempt to survive offers a series of reflections on our changing relationship with the countryside and as such with the natural world itself.



TRAVELS THROUGH ABSENCE:

LETTERS FROM THE EUROPEAN CITY

Lovers separated. A letter written. A lonely voice calls out from the centre of a city. The city echoes. Lisbon, Belgrade, Paris, Vienna, Mostar, Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, Edinburgh, Berlin, Venice, Stockholm, Munich, Thessaloniki, London. A kaleidoscopic journey across Europe in search of connection, Travels Through Absence is an intimate reflection on the spaces we share and the distances between us.

This newly-revised second edition features a photographic prologue and a further chapter to one last city in an attempt to bring the journey closer, finally, to some kind of arrival.