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Salvage [Hardcover]

Robert Edric
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April 5 2010
The stunning new novel from one of the UK's finest literary writers.

The far north of England, one hundred years in the future, the Gulf stream has ceased: Quinn has been appointed by the government to conduct an audit on a remote area of land designated for a brand new model town. As Quinn arrives to greet the local developer, the surveillance cameras spin into overdrive, and soon he is immersed in a quagmire of corruption that will put his integrity to the ultimate test.

He meets Owen, a suicidal farmer whose every last pig, chicken, and sheep has been culled. And Winston, a former journalist and alcoholic with a gallery of incriminating photos of rising water below the site; and Pollard, the local Man of God whose faith is for sale. But it is Anna, Quinn's some-time girlfriend in charge of 'digging, filling and capping' the dead cattle pits, who faces the deepest abyss of all. And as the heavens open once again, the mountains of toxic soil that surround the site slowly begin to shift.

An all too plausible Orwellian vision that depicts what is likely to unfurl if climate changes move implacably on, Robert Edric's latest novel is a devastating portrait of Man's ever-quickening descent into a self-inflicted hell. It is Edric's finest novel yet.

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"Edric's work constitutes one of the most astonishing bodies of work to have appeared from a single author for a generation."
Daily Telegraph

"For more than 20 years now, Robert Edric's unflinching eye for human cruelty has roamed across centuries and continents."
— Sunday Times

About the Author

ROBERT EDRIC was born in 1956. His novels include The Sword Cabinet, The Book of the Heathen (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award), Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), Gathering the Water (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006), The Kingdom of Ashes and In Zodiac Light.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Meanders Sept. 3 2010
Format:Hardcover
The characters in the story or interesting and somewhat compelling but I found the story meanders and ultimately goes nowhere. I was found wanting more from this story, more character development, more struggle/discussion of the morals and challenges of a society struggling to salvage a future in a rapidly deteriorating world. Worth a look but curb your expectations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So slow, so aimless... March 20 2011
Format:Hardcover
When I heard about the concept of this book, I was quite excited. A novel (importantly NOT a Sci-Fi novel), set approximately 50 years in the future, at a time when global warming had happened, ice caps had melted, and rising sea levels were creating refugees moving away from now unusable coastal towns. To a certain extent, this premise, and the author's other various futuristic touches (another important idea is that problems like mad-cow and avian flu had gotten much worse, so there are vast pits of slaughtered animals across Britain), made the novel interesting enough to keep turning the pages.
BUT - if we ignore the concept and just look at the storyline and the characters, my God, what a boring book this was. The main character, Quinn, has next to no personality. The various supporting characters are flat, and do little more than represent the distraught broken farmer in one example, or the ambitious and corrupt local politician in another example. And the story just fizzles itself out to a meek death. Quinn is sent to a town in north-east England to see if it is really capable of handling massive development in order to become the home for thousands of coastal refugees. There are hints at corruption, dirty book-keeping, secrets buried under the ground, and the implication seems to be that Quinn will have to confront the local politicians regarding all these issues.
In the end, he's powerless, he knows he's powerless, the politicians know he's powerless, and nothing happens.
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