22 – 28 October


To the End of the World and Back with Mark O’Connell

Saturday, 24 Oct

“Extraordinarily good. The perfect handbook for the end times… truly brilliant.” Sally Rooney

From those in fear of the ravages of climate change to billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll, in Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back, Mark O'Connell meets the anarchists, environmentalists, super-rich and far-right nut-jobs who are preparing for the end of days. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilization as we know it. Mentioned as a 2020 highlight in the Guardian, The Times, The Irish Times, the New Statesman and more, Notes from an Apocalypse is the handbook for our times.

A writer and self-described veteran worrier, O'Connell is the author of the captivating collection of travelogue-style interviews To Be a Machine, which won the Wellcome Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Royal Society Insight Investment Book Prize. In conversation with novelist Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies and most recently The Mark and the Void.

The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!