This piece was created for an article in the Observer about Biomimetics, the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. It included Geck-Skin, Lotus-Effect Paint, Velcro, Kranium Bike Helmets, Airdrop Water Collection & Sharkskin Swimsuits.
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH - Richard Flanagan
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not.
In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.
Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan’s epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man’s reckoning with the truth.
The scarlet camellia used in the jacket design has a particular significance in the story and also provides a strong and bold visual statement. The colour-printed woodblock engraving is (not inappropriately) by the Japanese botanist Kan’en Iwasaki and was sourced from Science and Society Picture Library.
Published by Chatto and Windus in July.
Now Booker Prize winner…
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