It is some time in the future. Global warming has released a flood of freshwater in the Arctic, shutting down the Gulf Stream and plunging North America and Europe into a new ice age. Many die in the famines that follow, but others survive in city-states such as Banda, haunted by the fear of the totalitarian authorities and the onslaught of their enemies. A soldier who has begun to question his superiors falls in love with Galathea, a woman who embodies all the beauty and warmth which are supposedly on hold until the ice and snow melt again. Together they explore the forbidden past while all around them Banda awaits the next attack...Ice is John Barnie's most ambitious work to date. A novel in verse, it conjures up one possible outcome of the blinkered pursuit of economic growth, and explores the perennial questions of what we humans are, and why we do what we do.
John Barnie, poet, writer, blues musician and celebrated editor of the cultural magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, lives in Aberystwyth in west Wales. He has published several collections of poetry, prose fiction and essays, including The Wine Bird (Gomer, 1999) and The King of Ashes, which won the Welsh Book of the Year Award in 1989.
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