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The Trespassers makes UN reading list for sustainability focus

4/11/2020 2:51 PM
The Trespassers makes UN reading list for sustainability focus

Australian novel The Trespassers by Meg Mundell has been added to a United Nations (UN) reading list centred on sustainability goals.

The UN sustainable development goals are a set of global benchmarks designed to help achieve ‘a better and more sustainable future for all’. 

The Trespassers is a work of fiction that follows a shipload of migrant workers escaping a futuristic, pandemic-stricken United Kingdom for Australia. 

Trouble ensues as the passengers fall ill and a crew member is found to have been murdered. 

The Trespassers was chosen for the UN reading list to align and illustrate goal number 14, which is to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources.’ 

The list currently features seven books from around the world. 

The reading list was compiled using recommendations from a number of UNESCO Cities of Literature. 

The Melbourne City of Literature nominated Mundell’s novel.

Mundell is based in Melbourne but was born and raised in New Zealand. 

She holds a PhD in creative writing, and a BA in psychology and philosophy.

Her research centres on place, spatial justice, and narratives of homelessness.

The Trespassers is her second novel. You can read our review here.