Book Review: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

Guest Article
Scott Main

Fantastic fiction - Escape to other places and times

It looks like we’re headed for a long series of mini lockdowns and complex restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Combine that with the joys of the Scottish winter, and many will seek an escape into fiction. Any other world might seem preferable to this. Diane Cook ( offers such an escape.

Cook’s writing has appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and other publications, and her stories have been included in the anthologies Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2020 she was the Leeds Lit Festival International Writer in Residence.

The New Wilderness (2020) ( is an ecological horror story which speaks directly to our current predicament.

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