The New Wilderness by Diane Cook has been longlisted for The Booker Prize 2020! 


At once a blazing lament of our contempt for nature and a deeply humane portrayal of motherhood, The New Wilderness is an extraordinary, urgent novel from a celebrated new literary voice. 

Bea's five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away. The smog and pollution of the overdeveloped, overpopulated metropolis they call home is ravaging her lungs. Bea knows she cannot stay in the City, but there is only one alternative: The Wilderness State. Mankind has never been allowed to venture into this vast expanse of untamed land. Until now. 

The Booker judges described The New Wilderness as ‘wonderfully imagined and written… A tense future-shock novel that’s also a tender exploration of a mother-daughter relationship under extrme pressure.’

The 13 books on the longlist were chosen from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.

Find out more about the Booker Prize and the other longlisted titles here


The New Wilderness is published in hardback on the 13th August, and available as an ebook on the 30th July.