Mark O'Connell

Notes from an Apocalypse

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Prize-winning author Mark O’Connell talks to Stuart Kelly about his personal journey to the end of the world and back. In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined men and women are getting ready. They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilisation as we know it. Not unconcerned himself by the possibility of the end of days, Mark O’Connell set out to meet them. 

The perfect handbook for the end times” – Sally Rooney 

About the author: Mark O’Connell is the author of To Be A Machine, which won the Wellcome prize, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford prize. He is a journalist, essayist, and literary critic from Dublin.


In conversation with Stuart Kelly