Notes from Deep Time (Hardback)

A Journey Through Our Past and Future Worlds

Helen Gordon

The Earth writes its own story in the landscape. A novelist sets out on a journey to piece it together

From the secret fossils of London to the 3-billion-year-old rocks of the Scottish Highlands, and from state-of-the-art Californian laboratories to one of the world's most dangerous volcanic complexes hidden beneath the green hills of western Naples, set out on an adventure to those parts of the world where the Earth's life-story is written into the landscape.

Helen Gordon turns a novelist's eye on the extraordinary scientists who are piecing together this planetary drama. She gets to grips with the theory that explains how it all works - plate tectonics, a breakthrough as significant in its way as evolution or quantum mechanics, but much younger than either, and still with many secrets to reveal. And she looks to the future of our world, with or without us.

Publication date: 18/02/2021

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788161633

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics, Travel & Nature

Notes from Deep Time (Ebook)

A Journey Through Our Past and Future Worlds

Helen Gordon

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The Earth writes its own story in the landscape. A novelist sets out on a journey to piece it together

From the secret fossils of London to the 3-billion-year-old rocks of the Scottish Highlands, and from state-of-the-art Californian laboratories to one of the world's most dangerous volcanic complexes hidden beneath the green hills of western Naples, set out on an adventure to those parts of the world where the Earth's life-story is written into the landscape.

Helen Gordon turns a novelist's eye on the extraordinary scientists who are piecing together this planetary drama. She gets to grips with the theory that explains how it all works - plate tectonics, a breakthrough as significant in its way as evolution or quantum mechanics, but much younger than either, and still with many secrets to reveal. And she looks to the future of our world, with or without us.

Publication date: 18/02/2021

£14.99

ISBN: 9781782835042

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B083JMB5VQ

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics, Travel & Nature

Reviews for Notes from Deep Time

'Notes From Deep Time is a marvel-rich masterclass of narrative non-fiction, one of those books that teaches its reader to see the world completely differently. That it does so with wit, wisdom and crystal-perfect prose only adds to the pleasure. To escape from the present into deep time with such a companionable guide is clarifying, almost therapeutic, and at times gratifyingly dizzying'

Max Porter, author Lanny

'Helen Gordon's wonderfully expansive book encompasses a paradoxical fluidity, both tangible and immense, where human witnesses measure out deep time in golden spikes and ammonites, excavating lost seas and saurians for clues as to what we were and who we will be'

Philip Hoare, author Leviathan

'A book as multi-layered as the deep-time planet itself'

Sara Wheeler, author Terra Incognita

'Sublime ... a fascinating and thrilling descent into time, human in scale but full of moments of vertiginous wonder'

Jon Day, author Homing

'Questing, thoughtful and profoundly moving, Notes From Deep Time is a remarkable TARDIS of a book'

Dan Richards, author Outpost

Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon's books include a novel, Landfall (Penguin, 2011), and Being A Writer, a compendium written with Travis Elborough (Francis Lincoln, 2017). She is married to a geologist and lives mostly in the Holocene.