Bradley L. Garrett is an American social and cultural geographer based at the University of Sydney, whose work involves 'finding the hidden in the world', and lies at the intersections of cultural geography, archaeology and visual methods. His first book, Explore Everything- Place-Hacking the City, is an account of his adventures trespassing into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers in eight different countries. He writes for, among others, the Guardian, and his work has been featured in media outlets worldwide, including Channel 4, ITV and the BBC in the UK (where he is a regular contributor). Garrett was a postdoctoral fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and has been an invited speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House (Australia), Chicago Ideas Week and Google Zeitgeist (USA), and at the Tate Modern and Barbican galleries (UK).
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 * 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 * Bunker benefits from the mere fact of taking its protagonists seriously as humans and as members of society, rather than as outlandish characters. -- Julian Sayarer * openDemocracy * A highly addictive book ... What makes Garrett's book fascinating is his portrayal of the balance between fringe thinking and the real world. -- Nick Smith * E&T Magazine * Garrett's book forces readers to reassess other assumptions about bunkers and those who own them. -- Jack Grove * Times Higher Education * 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 Bradley Garrett spent three years meeting doomsday preppers for his book Bunker ... If we work together, he thinks, there is no reason that a future global catastrophe has to become an apocalypse. Well, that's something. -- Luke Mintz * Sunday Telegraph * Garrett is a bright and buoyant guide and Bunker rattles briskly along ... A necessary read. * Literary Review * 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 study of bunker sites and the people preparing for the worst couldn't be better timed. -- Andrew Anthony * The Observer * Bunker is a thoughtful study into the nature of paranoia and the people who try to profit from it - and it makes for a page-turning read. -- Nathan Brooker * Financial Times * Brilliant ... Bunker, self-evidently a work for our times, shimmers with a Ballardian imagery of disaster and melt-down. -- Ian Thomson * The Spectator * 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. -- Chris Hall * The Guardian * How prescient and timely ... This is a tartly thoughtful work, by turns witty and philosophical, with an undercurrent of anger at the way we are governed and the commodification of existential fear. He writes pacily, bringing to vivid life a gallery of survivalist wingnuts, conmen and evangelists. -- Nick Curtis * Evening Standard * This baseball-cap wearing academic is the world's leading expert on survivalists ... But he never expected Bunker to be so topical. -- Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson * The Times *