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The Great Explosion
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The Great Explosion is a profound work of narrative, exploration and inquiry from one of our most brilliant writers.

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Brian Dillon is the author of In the Dark Room, a memoir that won the Irish Book Award for Nonfiction 2005, andTormented Hope- Nine Hypochondriac Lives, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2009. He teaches at the Royal College of Art.

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A subtle, human history of the early twentieth century ... The Great Explosion deftly covers a tumultuous period of history while centring on the tiniest moments - just punctuation marks in time * Financial Times *
A brilliant evocation of place grasped in its modernity * Guardian *
[Dillon's] account of the Faversham explosion is as bold as it is dramatic, while his descriptive passages about the marshlands of Kent are so evocative that you can practically feel the mud sticking at your feet * Evening Standard *
Dillon ... has a WG Sebald-like gift for interrogating the landscape ... a work of real elegiac seriousness that goes to the heart of a case of human loss and destruction in England's sinister pastures green * Irish Times *
Exhilarating ...utterly beguiling * Literary Review *

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