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Doggerland

Author: Ben Smith, (Poet)
Publisher: London : 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English
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In the North Sea, far from what remains of the coastline, a wind farm stretches for thousands of acres. The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. They carry out their never-ending work, scoured by wind and salt, as the waves roll, dragging strange shoals of flotsam through the turbine fields. Land is only a memory. So too is the Boy's father,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dystopian fiction
Fiction
Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Smith, (Poet)
ISBN: 9780008313371 0008313377 9780008313364 0008313369
OCLC Number: 1090525491
Description: 248 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Dogger land
Responsibility: Ben Smith.

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In the North Sea, far from what remains of the coastline, a wind farm stretches for thousands of acres. The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. They carry out their never-ending work, scoured by wind and salt, as the waves roll, dragging strange shoals of flotsam through the turbine fields. Land is only a memory. So too is the Boy's father, who worked on the turbines before him, and disappeared. The boy has been sent by the Company to take his place, but the question of where he went and why is one for which the Old Man will give no answer. As his companion dredges the sea for lost things, the Boy sifts for the truth of his missing father. Until one day, from the limitless water, a plan for escape emerges.

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`Ben Smith has created a vision of the future in which the world ends with neither a bang nor a whimper but just rusts gradually into the sea. I found it both terrifying and hugely enjoyable, as well Read more...

 
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