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  • Bunker is an extraordinary achievement; a big-thinking, deep-diving, page-turning study of fear, privilege and apocalypse told through the space of the bunker. Garrett has written a gripping, grim, witty work of geography and ethnography, which he completed - with eerie timeliness - in the first weeks of the COVID pandemic. A book about prepping and prognostication, then, which had already foretold its own future.

    Robert MacFarlane
  • A kind of apocalyptic Super Size Me, in which the author force feeds himself a steady diet of paranoia, conspiracy, eschatology and end-times architecture...There's a thrilling, chilling coda to Bunker when the author goes on an illegal four-day walk into the ultimate apocalyptic heart of darkness at the Chernobyl exclusion zone... The self-destruction of our species haunts this book: we realize that all along Garrett has been more interested in exploring human limits than human spaces.

    Chris Hall, The Guardian
  • Garrett's research has involved hanging out with millenarian fruitcakes, disaster profiteers and the uber-rich, not to mention tooled-up, swivel-eyed anarcho-libertarians from America to Australia ... His sense is that disaster gives us an opportunity to rethink how we live. What will we learn?

    Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian
  • This baseball-cap wearing academic is the world's leading expert on survivalists - those who have gone to extreme lengths to prepare for doomsday-style social and environmental collapse. He has spent the past three years researching the "preppers" who have been stockpiling food and weapons in desert bunkers and eco-fortresses. But he never expected [Bunker] to be so topical.

    Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson, The Times
  • Garrett is a bright and buoyant guide and Bunker rattles briskly along ... A necessary read.

    Literary Review
  • Garrett spent several years travelling the world, going down into bunkers and talking to their owners and tenants. His book is an incredible record of that journey, and also functions as a philosophical or psychological disquisition about space, about freedom, about survival. Bunker is an incredible read and will surely sell in quite enormous numbers, assuming the human race remains intact and can still read.

    Steve Braunias, New Zealand Herald
  • For Garrett, physical exploration is merely the outward manifestation of a deeper philosophical inquiry. The theoretical DNA of much of his work traces back to the concept of "psychogeography"

    Matthew Power, GQ

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