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Flooded London
Creative Commons AttributionFlooded London - Credit: Sarah

A post-apocalyptic London is at the dark heart of the book. It is echoed in the history of the Twentieth Century and in popular culture. It shares a similarly nightmarish aesthetic to Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Road – an uber-bleak novel depicting a burnt America, the result, as in Jefferies' novel, of an unspecified catastrophe, which has resulted in 'the fragility of everything revealed at last'.

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Jefferies' London is also echoed in Ridley Scott's haunting vision of a dystopian future, Blade Runner (1982) – based upon Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – particularly in the opening sequence.