Booker 2020: Surviving in the last wilderness after climate apocalypse

Cook's first novel is set in a dystopian future where urban pollution is so severe that children are dying from it. PHOTOS: JORGE JUST, ONEWORLD
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Eight years ago, American author Diane Cook began imagining a swathe of wilderness. She did not know how or why it would exist, only that it would be wider than any wilderness that exists now and also the last of its kind.

Then she decided she would put some people in it.

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