Cold New Climate

Cold New Climate is a miracle in book form. Stylish but true, oblique but heartbreaking—it’s a novel people will be reading and falling in love with and re-reading for many years to come. Clarice Lispector, Jean Rhys, F. Scott Fitzgerald—this is the quality of the company Isobel Wohl is keeping.

Toby Litt, author of Patience

Read an excerpt

Cold New Climate is a novel that is unafraid and uncompromising, tackling both personal and global catastrophe, in a voice as clear as a bell. I was engrossed from the very start.

Katherine Angel, author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

The world is warming.

Lydia is unsettled in her New York life. She takes herself away to Greece secure in the belief that her much older partner Tom will be there on her return. However, when she comes back, she discovers he’s fallen in love with someone else. Her life now in disarray, Lydia faces a future in which nothing is secure. When she reconnects with Tom’s teenage son Caleb, all three lives are recast in shocking and devastating ways.

All the while we sense that in the world at large there are greater changes happening, changes over which they have even less control.

Isobel Wohl’s precise, brilliant, hyper-observant prose lays bare the ever-changing rules by which we try to conduct our lives, and in its astonishing conclusion, the novel asks us its most profound question: how do we want to live?

Read an excerpt.

Publication date: 15 April 2021. Click here to preorder.

Cold New Climate is a dark and disturbing love story, beautifully crafted and elegantly written.

Sam Mills, author of Fragments of my Father

A lithe and ambitious debut, from an exciting new voice.

Claire-Louise Bennett, author of POND

A surprising, startling reading experience, Cold New Climate is marvellously attuned to the complexities of the personal and political. Isobel Wohl’s writing is nuanced, super-observant, and, perhaps best of all, totally propulsive.

Wendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home