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Deep Time

A Novel

Anthony Nanson

712 pp.  
6" x 9"

Hawthorn Press


Published:  July 2015


Zoologist Dr Brendan Merlie has wasted his best years in futile pursuit of imaginary creatures. He’s now leading a survey of an ecological hot-spot 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 also hear rumors of animals 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, far beyond Brendan’s wildest dreams.

“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 and Parzival and the Stone from Heaven: A Grail Romance Retold for Our Time

“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 storytelling leads you, if you dare to go.” —Philip Gross, author of The Lastling and The Storm Garden, and recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection of poems, The Water Table

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