Ghost Species (Paperback)
In an intimate portrayal of high-concept big ideas, can we engineer ourselves out of a problem of our own making?
Set against the backdrop of rapidly escalating climate catastrophe, scientists Kate Larkin and Jay Gunesekera are recruited by tech billionaire and mogul Davis Hucken to the forests of Tasmania, Australia. His Foundation's mission is not only to halt the effects of climate change, but to re-engineer and reverse the damage through the ambitious process of reviving species lost to the earth over time, including a clandestine ambition to resurrect the Neanderthals. When Eve, the first child, is born and grows up in a world crumbling around her, questions arise that she and Kate must face. Is she human or not, real or unnatural, and is she the ghost species or are we?
As more and more of us are waking up to the truth about our climate, and our need to reverse the damage we have caused, Ghost Species is timely, poignant and reflective on what it means to be human on a personal and a global scale.
James Bradley is the author of four novels, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist which was chosen as a Richard and Judy 2008 Summer Read, and Clade, and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus.
His books have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian and international literary awards and have been widely translated.
He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his partner, the novelist Mardi McConnochie, and two daughters.
Ghost Species is absorbing, sensitively written and full of heart. A landmark novel in today's environmentally ravaged world.—Anne Charnock, author of the Arthur C. Clarke 2018 Novel Award-winning 'Dreams Before the Start of Time'
Ghost Species is a quietly devastating and immensely affecting novel.
Can't stop thinking about it. Touching.