Notes from an Apocalypse

Mark O'Connell

Published: 16 April 2020
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783784066

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Published: 16 April 2020
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783786374

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About the author

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Mark O'Connell is a journalist, essayist, and literary critic from Dublin. He is a books columnist for Slate, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker's 'Page-Turner' blog and the Dublin Review; his work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Observer. More about the author


Notes From an Apocalypse is such a fantastic book. It's harrowing, tender-hearted and funny as hell. O'Connell proves himself to be a genius guide through all the circles of imagined and anticipated doom. Read it, then immediately buy a copy for your "but what's the worst that could happen?" friend'’ Jenny Offill



Extraordinarily good-insightful, affecting, funny, and appropriately terrifying. The perfect handbook for the end times. Mark O'Connell is a truly brilliant writer and Notes from an Apocalypse could hardly be more incisive, or more timely’ Sally Rooney

‘A writer with quite a way with words... he reports with a fluency and humour any novelist might envy... A gem of a book’

‘Anyone with open eyes lives today bound by apocalyptic fears for the future and the maddening same-ness that defines the present day. Notes from an Apocalypse is a penetrating investigation into that new uncanny, which shapes both our collective indifference and our climate rage’ David Wallace Wells, author of

‘Disarmingly funny’

‘Extraordinary, utterly vital... like some dream combination of Jon Ronson and Don DeLillo’ Paul Murray

‘O'Connell is a very, very funny writer and he inserts himself Ronson-like into a series of absurd, ironic and alarming situations... an important book, as well as a seriously funny one'’

‘Riveting, fascinating, comic and appalling... O'Connell is a charming guide’

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