Author(s): James Bradley (Performed by)
Compelling, challenging and resilient, over ten beautifully contained chapters, Cladecanvasses 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. Cladeopens 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.
'Epic . . . Riveting.' Missy Higgins
'Cladeopens up to become that rarest of novels- one that stares down its harrowing beginning to find a sense of peace and even of wonder, while being true to itself. All the way through, the prose is achingly beautiful. Bradley's a magnificent writer and it's all on display here- sentences and images float, poetic and sharp as crystal.' The Saturday Paper
'James Bradley's lithe and inventive novels defiantly resist the present . . .Cladetriumphs because Bradley renders his characters graspable . . . prioritises the human touch . . . It is impossible not to be swept along by the sheer pace of the narrative . . . (There is) a palpable sense of urgency and consequence that is conveyed subtly, without any heavy-handed didacticism or sententiousness.' Malcolm Forbes, The Australian
'Before it is about anything else, Cladeis about family . . . There's a real Dickensian sweep to both its structure and its passionate despair about humanity's dearth of improvement or compassion . . . Complex and beautifully paced, Cladeis the first great novel of climate change. So well does it predict our possible future, it is unlikely to be the last.' James Tierney, Kill Your Darlings
James Bradley is the author of three novels, Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist, and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. His books have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian and international literary awards and have been widely translated. He blogs at cityoftongues.com.