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Notes from an Apocalypse: A timely look at the eccentrics preparing for the world's end

Non-Fiction: Notes From an Apocalypse

Mark O'Connell

Granta, 272 pages, hardaback €16.91; Kindle £7.12

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Strange times: Mark O’Connell has immersed himself in the world of preppers and apocalyptic fantasists for his new book.  Photo by Rich Gilligan

Strange times: Mark O’Connell has immersed himself in the world of preppers and apocalyptic fantasists for his new book. Photo by Rich Gilligan

Notes on an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell

Notes on an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell

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Strange times: Mark O’Connell has immersed himself in the world of preppers and apocalyptic fantasists for his new book. Photo by Rich Gilligan

As Ryan Adams knows, there's a good time and a bad time to release new material.

In the case of the former Whiskeytown frontman, one of his finest songs, 'New York, New York' was accompanied by a wonderful video which acted as a love letter to the city and heavily featured the Twin Towers. It was filmed just four days before 9/11 and released two weeks after those tragic events.

On the other hand, Irish author Mark O'Connell's second book has arrived at a particularly serendipitous time.