Red Reflection

  • Author: Phil McNamara
  • Genre: contemporary environmental fiction

When fire ripped through the Woodland Country, everything changed for the worse for Ellin. No longer did the People want to live in the Red. Fear made them want to harness and control it. They now live in the Blue, when fossil-burning and Making bring them comfort and certainty. But Ellin predicts the People’s decline – caused by the new way they live. The air has turned thick and oily and everything they touch is greasy Blue. Worst of all, the animals of the Woodland and Plains Countries are dying.

Ellin recalls the Red – the time before the fire – when trees stretched across the land. The air and water were clear and the People respected all other living things. Ellin weaves these reflections into a letter to her newborn daughter, Little El, in the hope she will grow up to change the way the People live. Could Little El be the one to lead a transformation?

Red Reflection is a contemporary parable about how quickly we changed the world. In fact, it’s more than that. It’s about habitat destruction, the link between mortality and our connection to nature, and how it feels to sit on the outside of popular belief.

What Phil has achieved with Red Reflection is truly unique. Purely on a story level it is a real ride. You never know, nor can you possibly guess, what will happen next. Phil’s writing style is also surprising. I can only describe parts of it as achingly perceptive, imaginative and shocking all at the same time. There is such a lot to think about in this book — and it stays with you — long after you have put it down.

Rhondda Harris, author of Ashton’s Hotel Wakefield Press

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