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David Farrier teaches English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He was a recipient of the Society of Literature's Giles St Aubyn Award. David was an adviser on 'Deep Time,' the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival opening event, which told the 350 million-year-old story of the formation of Edinburgh, and recently held a prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship at the University of New South Wales. His work has appeared in Aeon and The Atlantic.

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'Fascinating' Margaret Atwood on twitter

'Mr Farrier's prose glitters ... As Mr Farrier notes, even if pollution and consumption ceased tomorrow, their effects would take millennia to unwind. Human life is etched into the fossil record for aeons to come. "The challenge is to learn...to examine our present," he writes, "by the eerie light cast by the onrushing future." His subtle, elegant book rises to that challenge' Economist

'It is an oddly hopeful exploration of deep time and a world doing just fine without us.' New Scientist

'All decent people want to be remembered well. In the ancient world, moral life was often seen as the effort to be a good ancestor. If that's how you see things, David Farrier's brilliant, plangent book will leave you gasping with shame. Our grandchildren (if any survive) will look back on us with contempt' The Oldie, Charles Foster

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