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How the literature of 1816 has inspired the creation of 'cli-fi'

The last few summers have been the hottest on record, but 200 years ago people experienced a very different problem after the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora caused a significant change to the global climate.

The year 1816 became known as the year without a summer. It provided inspiration for masterpieces such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and some of Lord Byron's best known poems.

For the Today programme, Dr David Higgins, an associate professor in English literature at Leeds University, explains the parallels for modern writers.