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Not Forgetting The Whale

By John Ironmonger

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From the author of THE NOTABLE BRAIN OF MAXIMILIAN PONDER and THE COINCIDENCE AUTHORITY, a book about humanity, love . . . and a whale. Includes reading-group notes.

If you were looking for the perfect escape, where would you go? This is the heartwarming story of one man who has given up hope and the village that gives it back to him.

When a young man washes up, naked, on the sands of St Piran in Cornwall, he is quickly rescued by the villagers. From the retired village doctor and the beachcomber, to the priest's flirtatious wife and the romantic novelist, they take this lost soul into their midst. But what the villagers don't know is that Joe Haak is a city analyst who has fled London, fearing he may - inadvertently - have caused a global financial collapse.

But is the end of the world really nigh? And what of the whale that lurks in the bay? Intimate, funny and heart-warming, Not Forgetting the Whale is a story about community, the best and worst in our nature, and the search for a place to call home.

'Fun, uplifting, charming' Financial Times

'A warm-hearted book crammed with ideas . . . very, very good' Emerald Street

'A tremendously enjoyable book' Independent on Sunday

Biographical Notes

John Ironmonger was born and grew up in East Africa. He has a doctorate in zoology, and was once an expert on freshwater leeches. He is the author of THE GOOD ZOO GUIDE and the novels THE NOTABLE BRAIN OF MAXIMILIAN PONDER, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Prize and the GUARDIAN's NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE, and THE COINCIDENCE AUTHORITY. He was part of a world record team for speed reading Shakespeare and once drove across the Sahara in a £100 banger. He lives in rural Shropshire with his wife Sue and has two grown-up children. Follow him on Twitter @jwironmonger or visit his website http://notablebrain.blogspot.co.uk.

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  • ISBN: 9781780227986
  • Publication date: 10 Sep 2015
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: W&N
a warm-hearted book crammed with interesting ideas. It's a book full of doomsday predictions with a Cityboy in a starring role that makes the world seem like a more hopeful place. It's also very, very good. — EMERALD STREET
This is a tremendously enjoyable book. And as the front pages crowd with headlines that grow ever more grim, Not Forgetting the Whale offers a very welcome alternative. — Marianne Levy, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
An intriguing and thought-provoking story — CANDIS
An exciting and moving read — ESSENTIALS
The lives of the residents in sleepy St Piran is changed when a man washes up, half drowned, on the shore of the Cornish seaside village. — THE TIMES
It's easy to see this simply as a modern interpretation of the story of Jonah and the whale, but this charming tale by John Ironmonger.. is considerably more complex.. it's a love story of sorts and, above all, it's about hte innate goodness of people and our connections with the wider world — PRESS ASSOCIATION
A gentle and uplifting tale of warding off apocalypse in a remote corner of Cornwall . . . charming — FINANCIAL TIMES
This book achieves what should be impossible: a heart-warming dystopia. Forget everything you know about apocalypses. This novel, set in Cornwall, will restore your faith in humanity. — ELLE UK
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