Dans un avenir proche et désolant, la crise environnementale a ravagé l'Angleterre. Un régime autoritaire organise le rationnement de la population dans des villes exsangues, et le droit à la reproduction est rigoureusement contrôlé. Une jeune fille nommée Sister raconte son évasion et sa quête pour rejoindre une ferme utopique dans la région des Grands lacs : l'armée de Carhullan, une bande de rebelles ayant renoué avec une vie rurale et coupé tout lien avec les hommes.Dans la lignée de «La Servante écarlate» de Margaret Atwood, Sarah Hall aborde avec une remarquable originalité les questions d'écologie, de genre et de défense des libertés individuelles, et propose une vision décapante du pire des mondes à venir. Une contre-utopie féministe exaltante.
Rachel Caine travaille dans une réserve indienne de l'Idaho. Elle est sans nul doute le meilleur expert britannique de la biologie et du comportement des loups. À la demande d'un riche propriétaire terrien militant de la cause environnementale, elle accepte de rentrer en Ecosse pour l'aider à réintroduire le loup gris dans son domaine. Pour Rachel, ce retour en Combrie n'est pas uniquement synonyme de changement professionnel. Enceinte depuis peu, elle doit également se réconcilier avec sa famille désunie et faire face au défi que représente la réintroduction d'un animal disparu de l'île depuis plus de cinq siècles. Sur fond de débat sur l'indépendance de l'Ecosse, Sarah Hall interroge la nature fondamentale de l'homme et de l'animal, se penche sur les concepts d'écologie et de progrès, sur les préoccupations les plus obsédantes de l'humanité. « Quelle réussite ! C'est tellement vif, vivant, dynamique. Je pouvais voir les loups et les personnages défiler dans le paysage comme un film dans ma tête. Il m'a été difficile de me défaire de ce livre dès lors que je m'en emparais. Une construction magnifique. » Val McDermid
« Sept histoires habilement composées, précises, sensuelles, nourries d'adrénaline, traversées par une sensation de violence sans cesse latente. » Helen Simpson, The Guardian « Ces histoires nous prennent toujours au dépourvu, contrariant les attentes dramatiques les plus évidentes... et en deviennent ainsi d'autant plus dramatiques. Cette prose est magnifique. » The Times « Les prouesses de l'écriture de Sarah Hall, déjà justement célébrées par le passé, sont d'autant plus perceptibles au fil de ce recueil. Elle évoque les lieux, les paysages, avec talent et sensualité... Les changements de narration d'une histoire à l'autre sont aussi maîtrisés que saisissants. » Jodie Mullish, The Telegraph « Sarah Hall est une artiste au talent aussi considérable que concis. Chaque histoire est un bijou. Ainsi rassemblées, elles constituent un recueil au pouvoir extraordinairement sensuel. » The Sunday Times
Italy in the early 1960s: a dying painter considers the sacrifices and losses that have made him an enigma, both to strangers and those closest to him. He begins his last life painting, using the same objects he has painted obsessively for his entire career - a small group of bottles.
In Cumbria 30 years later, a landscape artist - and admirer of the Italian recluse - finds himself trapped in the extreme terrain that has made him famous.
And in present-day London, his daughter, an art curator struggling with the sudden loss of her twin brother while trying to curate an exhibition about the lives of the twentieth-century European masters, is drawn into a world of darkness and sexual abandon.
Covering half a century, this is a luminous and searching novel, and Hall's most accomplished work to date
RESPATIALISING FINANCE `In Respatialising Finance Sarah Hall uses the internationalisation of the Chinese Renminbi (RMB) to work through a sympathetic conceptual and empirical critique of prevailing analyses of International Financial Centres (IFCs). Her conceptual (re)framing stresses the politics, institutions and economics of IFCs and will be essential reading for all social scientists interested in the dynamism of contemporary finance and financial centres.'Professor Jane Pollard, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, UK`Through detailed study of Chinese RMB internationalisation and combining analytical insights from economic geography, sociology, and international political economy, Sarah Hall shows why offshore networks anchored in territories such as the City of London are both core to global monetary and financial landscapes, and provide a key terrain for state power and politics.'Professor Paul Langley, Department of Geography, Durham University, UKRespatialising Finance is one of the first detailed empirical studies of how and why London became the leading western financial centre within the wider Chinese economic and political project of internationalising its currency, the renminbi (RMB). This in-depth volume examines how political authorities in both London and Beijing identified the potential value of London's international financial centre in facilitating and legitimising RMB internationalisation, and how they sought to operationalise this potential through a range of market-making activities.The text features original data from on-the-ground research in London and Beijing conducted with financial and legal professionals working in RMB markets and offers an original theoretical approach that brings economic geography into closer dialogue with international political economy. Recent work on territory illustrates how financial centres are not simply containers and facilitators of global financial flows - rather they serve as territorial fixes within the dynamic and crisis-prone nature of global finance.
The financial crisis of 2007-8 and its aftermath have resulted in the role of money and finance within the global economy becoming the subject of considerable debate in public, policy and media circles.
Global Finance is a timely look at the contemporary international financial environment, providing an introduction to this dynamic field of research for students and more advanced researchers. Drawing on economic geography, economic sociology and critical management, Hall offers a broad selection of case studies that ground critical theory in our current financial climate.
Hall examines and reviews a wide range of critical approaches relating to the role of money and finance in the global economy, dividing these approaches into three key sections:
Global finance and international financial centres.
Global finance and the `real' economy'.
Global financial subjects and actors.
The book takes a uniquely interdisciplinary approach which, combined with an international spread of case studies, makes this book highly valuable to a wide range of upper level undergraduate courses across the social sciences.
It is 1936 in a remote dale in the old, northern county of Westmorland. For centuries the rural community has remained the same and the Lightburn family have been immersed in the harsh hill-farming tradition - unchanged by the advent of modernity. Then a man from the city of Manchester arrives, spokesman for a vast industrial project which will devastate both the landscape and the local community. Mardale will be flooded to create a new reservoir, supplying water to the Midland cities. In the coming year this corner of Lakeland will be evacuated and transformed. Jack Liggett, the Waterworks' representative, further compounds the problems faced by the village as he begins a troubled affair with Janet Lightburn. A woman of force and strength of mind, her natural orthodoxy deeply influences him. Finally, in tragic circumstances, a remarkable, desperate act on Janet's part attempts to restore the valley to its former state. Told in luminous prose with an intuitive sense for period and place, Haweswater remembers a rural England that has been disappearing for decades. It is a novel about love, obsession and the destruction of a community, told with grace and artistry by a young storyteller of great imaginative and emotional power.
The Beautiful Indifference is a collection of intensely erotic and disarming tales, which span centuries, contemporary life and the future, and evoke landscapes as diverse as London's metropolis and lake Vuotjrvi in the Finnish wilderness. A woman who chooses not save her drowning lover. A frustrated housewife who arranges an appointment with the mysterious 'Agency'. A girl enamoured with a notorious Cumbrian horse-breeding family who innocently unleashes their wrath. Each story rotates on an axis of survivalism - natural and medical, physical and sexual - so that wolves and humans alike are exposed and hunted across the pages, then hung like elegant trophies.
The world has changed. War rages in South America and China, and Britain is run by an omnipresent dictatorship known simply as The Authority. Assets and weapons have been seized, every movement is monitored and women are compulsorily fitted with contraceptive devices. This is Sister's story of her attempt to escape the repressive regime.
For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District.The earl's project harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness - though Rachel must contend with modern-day concessions to health and safety, public outrage and political gain - and the return of the Grey after hundreds of years coincides with her own regeneration: impending motherhood, and reconciliation with her estranged family.The Wolf Border investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. It seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on earth.
This innovative edited collection brings together leading international academics to explore the use of various non-prescription and prescription substances for the purpose of perceived body image enhancement. While studies on drug misuse to date have examined drug use in the context of sporting performance, addiction, and body image for particular groups such as bodybuilders, there has been little research that explores the wider use (and misuse) of legal and illegal drugs for body image development and weight loss.
With medical sociology and social psychology at its core, this important volume shows the complex reasons behind the misuse of various medications, how these are connected to contemporary body image and appearance concerns, and why the known health risks and possibly harmful side effects do not act as deterrents.
This book is about the impact of austerity in and on everyday life, based on a two-year ethnography with families and communities in `Argleton', Greater Manchester, UK. Focused on family, friends and intimate relations, and their intersections, the book develops a relational approach to everyday austerity. It reveals how austerity is a deeply personal and social condition, with impacts that spread across and between everyday relationships, spaces and temporal perspectives. It demonstrates how austerity is lived and felt on the ground, with distinctly uneven socio-economic consequences. Furthermore, everyday relationships are subject to change and continuity in times of austerity. Austerity also has lasting impacts on personal and shared experiences, both in terms of day-to-day practices and the lifecourses people imagine themselves living.