Emergency (Paperback)
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Emergency (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 20/04/2022
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Reimagining the pastoral novel for the age of climate crisis, Hildyard's sensual, vividly depicted rural world is evoked through a woman's lockdown memories as the harmony of nature is slowly eroded by pollution and corporate negligence.

Emergency is a novel about the dissolving boundaries between all life on earth. Stuck at home alone under lockdown, a woman recounts her 1990s childhood in rural Yorkshire. She watches a kestrel hunting, helps a farmer with a renegade bull, and plays out with her best friend, Clare. Around her in the village her neighbours are arguing, keeping secrets, caring for one another, trying to hold down jobs. In the woods and quarry there are foxcubs fighting, plants competing for space, ageing machines, and a three-legged deer who likes cake.

These local phenomena interconnect and spread out from China to Nicaragua as pesticides circulate, money flows around the planet, and bodies feel the force of distant power. A story of remote violence and a work of praise for a persistently lively world, brilliantly written, surprising, evocative and unsettling, Daisy Hildyard's Emergency reinvents the pastoral novel for the climate change era.

Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
ISBN: 9781913097813
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm


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'Rich and unflinching, this writing expands our sense of what it means to live, as we do, in a time of crisis. It leads us beyond rational climate debates into the deeply sensual, and sometimes nightmarish, places where our inner and outer worlds make contact.' - Katharine Kilalea, author of OK, Mr Field

'In this powerfully attuned novel, the world presses in on all sides, refusing to become background. From the discarded plastics of the narrator's childhood, now circulating microscopically in the world around her as an adult, to the journey of grass through the bodies of animals and back out to the field as fertiliser, Emergency shows us the cost, as well as the conflicted splendour, of a world that is "fatally interconnected". Its prose is bewitching and uncompromising, alive to the enmeshing of cruelty with care that articulates our shared - human and nonhuman - existence.' - Daisy Lafarge, author of Paul

'Emergency is an incisive kaleidoscope of past and present, nature and industry, stillness and pace, collapsing all into a tapestry of consciousness.' - Aysegul Savas, author of Walking on the Ceiling

'Hildyard's writing stretches the mind.' - Alexandra Kleeman, author of Something New Under the Sun

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“A Hymn to the Earth”

I really enjoyed 'Emergency' by Daisy Hildyard.

It is redolent of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'The Secret Garden', stories seen through the eyes of a child - a magical childhood, but... More

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