Author: Anthony Nanson
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
Deep Time is a romantic lost-world eco-thriller by writer and storyteller Anthony Nanson. It’s an odyssey through lucidly evoked prehistoric ages, and a passionate human drama in which a tense love triangle plays out as a struggle to connect with the wild. At a time when global warming looms, this novel takes the reader back through previous catastrophic geological events, and then forward again to see the world afresh. 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.