From the author of The Notable Brian of Maximilian Ponder and The Coincidence Authority, a book about humanity, love . . . and a whale. Includes reading-group notes.
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 doctor and the beachcomber, to the flirtatious priest's 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? Can Joe convince the village to seal itself off from the outside world? 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.
'A tremendously enjoyable book' Independent on Sunday
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 - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
A compelling and unusual modern fable. If the apocalypse comes, I'm heading straight for St Piran
Beautiful, dark, uplifting
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 (shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Prize and the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize), The Coincidence Authority and Not Forgetting the Whale (an international bestseller). He has also been part of a world record team for speed reading Shakespeare, has driven across the Sahara in a 100 banger, and once met Jared Diamond in a forest in the middle of Sumatra.