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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 10/09/2015
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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

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781780227986
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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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“A very humane book, testing good people to their limits in the face of the mother of all adversities!”

Not forgetting the whale is a very good book, the first I have read by the author.

It begins with Joe Haak being discovered beached somewhere in a tiny village in Cornwall. Joining Joe in the horizon is a whale,... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
20th February 2015
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“Strange but happy little tale”

The story is mainly set in St Piran a tiny village in Cornwall where nothing ever happens. That of course was before the day when a man was washed up naked on the beach. That was the same day as the whale was... More

Hardback edition
17th February 2015
Helpful? Upvote 19

“Wonderful allegorical tale”

I have not read any J Ironmonger novels before this one but will certainly look out his other titles. This novel has a real feel- good factor about it. It is well paced and a very neat story. A compelling read, Not... More

Paperback edition
11th April 2015
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