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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Clade
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'A provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives, from James Bradley, acclaimed author of The Resurrectionist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean.

'Compelling, challenging and resilient, over ten beautifully contained chapters, Clade canvasses three generations from the very near future to late this century. Central to the novel is the family of Adam, a scientist, and his wife Ellie, an artist. Clade opens with them wanting a child and Adam in a quandary about the wisdom of this. Their daughter proves to be an elusive little girl and then a troubled teenager, and by now cracks have appeared in her parents' marriage. Their grandson is in turn a troubled boy, but when his character reappears as an adult he's an astronomer, one set to discover something astounding in the universe. With great skill James Bradley shifts us subtly forward through the decades, through disasters and plagues, miraculous small moments and acts of great courage. Elegant, evocative, understated and thought-provoking, it is the work of a writer in command of the major themes of our time.' (Publication summary)



Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset "CliFi" because it contains representations of Anthropogenic climate change.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
      image of person or book cover 1748081719971512791.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 320p.
      • Published 28 January 2015
      ISBN: 9781926428659
    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Titan ,
      2017 .
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      Extent: 301p.p.
      • Published September 2017.
      ISBN: 9781785654145, 1785654144

Works about this Work

Weathering, Tethering, Transforming : The Overstory and Writing the Future Catherine McKinnon , 2022 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , June vol. 81 no. 2 2022; (p. 86-90) Meanjin Online 2022;
Creating New Climate Stories : Posthuman Collaborative Hope and Optimism Rachel Hennessy , Alex Cothren , Amy T. Matthews , 2022 single work criticism
— Appears in: Text : Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , vol. 26 no. 1 2022;
'This paper considers an evolving project about climate change that will explore
using collaborative creative writing strategies to emotionally support and engage
writers, primarily focusing on how narratives of hope and optimism might counter
affective responses of anxiety, and the resultant solipsistic inertia or surrender. We
ask: what role could collaborative fiction play in helping to create positive futures
that emotionally strengthen us to manage what may come and what already is? We
outline the inspiration and background to our project and begin to theorise
justification for applying posthuman approaches to the question of reimagining
climate fiction. We review a number of collaborative climate change projects
located outside of traditional writing but still drawing on narrative storytelling, and
consider how our project – which focuses on genre fictions – might add to the
horizon point; one that is not delusional, but also does not lead to dystopian despair.'

(Publication abstract)

Narrative Empathy in James Bradley’s Clade: Disability, Ecosickness and Hope Angelo Monaco , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 19 2019;

'In his latest novel Clade (2015), Australian author James Bradley portrays
apocalyptic scenarios in the aftermath of the ubiquitous climate change that is
affecting our planet, while following the human conflicts of three generations
of the Leith family. And yet, this article argues that the novel privileges an
optative mood instead of the traditional collective catastrophe of canonical
eco-fiction. To do so, the article scrutinises some formal strategies of narrative
empathy, such as character identification and multiple focalisation, which favour
the reader’s emotional engagement. In the novel, vulnerable manifestations
disclose a profound empathic orientation, addressing an ethics of care
that implicates the reader affectively.' (Publication abstract)

Could Cli-fi Help Inspire Real Climate Change Action? Monique Ross , Julie Street , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , July 2018;

'Climate fiction novels catapult readers into a future ravaged by the catastrophic effects of global warming.'  (Introduction)

A Climate of Hope Bill Ashcroft , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November vol. 17 no. 2017; (p. 19-34)

Postcolonial ecocriticism has emerged gradually over the last couple of decades as the differences between postcolonialism and environmentalism have been overcome. Those differences have centred on an assumed conflict in the way the two discourses see the world. However, the colonial roots of environmental degradation and the growing postcolonial critique of the effects of imperialism have seen a growing alliance focused in the discipline of postcolonial ecocriticism. Postcolonial critique and environmentalism have found common interest in the role of imperialism and capitalism in the rapidly degrading anthropocene. However critique has not often led to a clear vision of a possible world. This paper suggests a new alliance – between postcolonial critique, environmentalism and utopianism – one that emerges from the postcolonial realisation the no transformation can occur without the hope inspired by a vision of the future. The paper asks what literature can do in an environmental struggle in which colonized peoples environmental struggle in which colonized peoples are among the worst affected. The role of postcolonial literature provides a model for the transformative function of the creative spirit in political resistance. No true resistance can succeed without a vision of change and literature provides the most powerful location of that vision – no transformation can occur unless it is first imagined.

Apocalypse with a Human Touch Malcolm Forbes , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 January 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of Clade James Bradley , 2015 single work novel
With Adam and Noah to the End of Time Branching into Future Shock A. P. Riemer , 2015 single work
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 February 2015; (p. 30-31) The Canberra Times , 14 February 2015; (p. 25) The Age , 14 February 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of Clade James Bradley , 2015 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 February 2015; (p. 27)

— Review of Clade James Bradley , 2015 single work novel
James Bradley : Clade Keith Stevenson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2015;

— Review of Clade James Bradley , 2015 single work novel
Review : Clade David Sornig , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , March no. 421 2015; (p. 22)

— Review of Clade James Bradley , 2015 single work novel
James Bradley Caroline Baum , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 January 2015; (p. 30-31) The Canberra Times , 31 January 2015; (p. 19) The Age , 31 January 2015; (p. 24)
Looking Back, Looking Forward Alexandra Pierce , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Aurora Australis , February 2015;
Philosophy behind Future Shock Colin Steele , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 February 2015; (p. 22)
It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Don't Feel so Fine ) Adam Ford , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , June vol. 47 no. 1 2015; (p. 10-13)
'The genre of cli-fi, whether you believe in it or not, is about more than natural disasters and a sense of impending doom.'
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
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