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Wasteland

Wasteland

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Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters by Oliver Franklin-Wallis. One of the New Yorker's Best Books of 2023. This Book is one about stuff. Its a gripping read about the global journey of our waste and the ripples that unfold into all aspects of life. Both shocking and hopeful, Wasteland is the timely and ultimately human story at the heart of an urgent global issue.

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'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 – the endless ingenuity of humanity in one filthy, fascinating mass.'

When we throw things ‘away’, 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 Britain’s overflowing sewers, from hollowed-out mining towns in the USA to Ghana’s flooded second-hand markets, we meet the people on the frontline of our waste crisis – 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.

‘A gripping read that will anger as much as it fascinates’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

‘An incredible journey into the world of rubbish, full of fascinating characters and mind-bending facts’ Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland.


400 pages, paperback, published on 30th of August 2023 by Simon & Schuster UK.

About the Author:
Oliver Franklin-Wallis is an award-winning magazine journalist, whose writing has appeared in GQWIREDThe Guardian, the New York TimesThe Times MagazineThe Sunday Times MagazineThe Economist’s 1843 magazine, and many other publications. He is currently the features editor of British GQ.


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