Author: Franklin-Wallis, Oliver
Published on 22 June 2023 by Simon & Schuster Ltd in the United Kingdom.
Hardback | 400 pages
162 x 240 x 33 | 560g
A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ONE OF THE NEW YORKER'S BEST BOOKS OF 2023Â INCLUDED IN THE GUARDIAN'S BEST IDEAS BOOKS OF 2023 â€˜A gripping read that will anger as much as it fascinatesâ€™ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstallâ€˜An incredible journey into the world of rubbish, full of fascinating characters and mind-bending factsâ€™ Oliver Bullough, author ofÂ Moneyland â€˜Urgent, probing and endlessly interestingâ€™ Cal Flyn, author ofÂ Islands of Abandonment'There are stories in all our discarded things: who made them, what they meant to a person before they were thrown away. In the end, it all ends up in the same place â€“ the endless ingenuity of humanity in one filthy, fascinating mass.' Â When we throw things â€˜awayâ€™, what does that actually mean? Where does it go, and who deals with it when it gets there? In Wasteland, award-winning journalist Oliver Franklin-Wallis takes us on an eye-opening journey through the global waste industry. From the mountainous landfills of New Delhi to Britainâ€™s overflowing sewers, from hollowed-out mining towns in the USA to Ghanaâ€™s flooded second-hand markets, we meet the people on the frontline of our waste crisis â€“ both those being exploited, and those determined to make a difference. On the way, we discover the corporate greenwashing that started the recycling movement; the dark truth behind our second-hand donations; and come face to face with the 10,000-year legacy of our nuclear waste.
Â Both shocking and hopeful, Wasteland is the timely and ultimately human story at the heart of an urgent global issue.