About the Book
The deeper in you go, the wilder it gets …
Zoologist Dr Brendan Merlie has wasted his best years in futile pursuit of imaginary creatures. He’s now leading a survey of an ecological hotspot in a forgotten corner of Central Africa. Guided by the enigmatic Salome Boann, a woman strangely at ease in the rainforest, with her own reasons for being there, the team discover a ‘refugium’ of prehistoric plant-life. Among the forest people they hear rumours of animals also, unknown to science. Driven by civil war and their own competing desires, Brendan and his companions enter a shifting world in which they must come to terms with the wildness within as well as the wildness around them. The deeper they travel, the more is revealed, beyond Brendan’s wildest dreams.
“Anthony Nanson’s Deep Time is a real stand out as a piece of modern wilderness writing. It is a speculative novel, but at the same time so rooted in observation and detail, that it is able to create a sense of adventure and mystery right on the edge of human experience.”–Nimue Brown, Druid Life
“Anthony Nanson’s stirring novel takes the reader on an extraordinary journey deep into the prodigious heart of Africa and across evolutionary regions of time.”–Lindsay Clarke, author of The Chymical Wedding
“This is a highly evocative novel that is set against a fantastical but believable backdrop. At times there are hints of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World and a sense of boys’ comics from the ’60s and ’70s. Yet this novel is very much written in the modern age, and with a greater understanding of the natural world. The novel is also set, as the name suggests, in the geological history of the Earth, and reminds us that it has met near environmental destruction before … This is a phenomenal work that is well written and readable, whilst reminding the reader that it is penned by someone with a great deal of ecological knowledge.” –Helene Hewett, Cotswold Life
“In Anthony Nanson’s Deep Time, modern knowledge itself – ecological, psychological, and with a sense of an earth history far longer than our own – is the landscape into which this massively ambitious story-telling leads you, if you dare to go.”–Philip Gross