The Book Club

Mark O’Connell on the fantasy and fear of the apocalypse

39 min listen

In This Episode

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Mark O’Connell, a writer whose latest book Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back sees him investigate doomsday preppers, wannabe Mars colonists, the Ayn Rand billionaires buying up New Zealand, and the tourist route through Chernobyl. Why, he asks, is the apocalypse something we seem to fantasise about as much as fear?

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