After London

by Richard Jefferies

In Brief

A dystopian vision of a flooded England, reduced to medieval levels of technology and culture. Felix Aquila sets off on a quest to win the hand of his beloved Aurora in a world reclaimed by the wild.

Why you should read it

The past's vision of the future is fascinating - usually because it is so wildly wrong. But Jefferies gets much closer to the mark, and predates JG Ballard's prescient The Drowned World by over seven decades. It is a timely reflection on a world devastated by climate change, yet also offers a strangely enticing portrait of an England reclaimed by nature.

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