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The Wall
John Lanchester

“I had been brought up not to think about the Others in terms of where they came from or who they were, to ignore all that—they were just Others.” 

This dystopian novel tells the story of a world broken by climate change, divided by man. James always knew he would have to become a Defender. Every adult has to work off two mandatory years of patrolling the Wall. With sea levels rising, the wall surrounding the island is the only thing between them and “the Others”. Fail to fulfil your duty of stopping intruders, and you will be banished and left to fend for yourself on a life raft.

This eco-critical story is suitable for interdisciplinary teaching in subjects such as Politics or Geography, the book can fuel discussions surrounding climate change, human behaviour, globalization and more.

· · 2019

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Lanchester, John. The Wall. Faber & Faber, London, 2019. 288 pp., ISBN 9780571298723

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