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Tisala (Hardback)

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In 1960, David, a young London biologist researching in the Scottish Islands encounters a Blue Whale - Tisala. David becomes convinced that the whale is trying to communicate. With the help of an acoustic engineer a breakthrough is made. Two worlds meet. The whale, Tisala, wants David to help save the few remaining Blue Whales from being hunted to extinction. Set against the background history of whaling, the cruel slaughter of the greatest mammals on earth, and the struggle to stop it, the existence of a higher intelligence emerges. This is a story of love, passion and friendship in which the lives of Tisala and David are bound up with the problems of the modern world. In the sweep of twentieth century history, Tisala comes to understand that mankind threatens its own future as well as much of life on Earth. In this philosophical and satirical novel Richard Seward Newton, through Tisala, turns his mind to the great issues facing humanity, from war, religion and population to education, economics and ethics, and seeks to distil the knowledge and wisdom that might lead to a happier world. It is an astonishing voyage of exploration in understanding the world in which we live.

A profound, sad, hope-filled, epic story.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Blue Mark Books Publication Date: 15/01/2015 ISBN-13: 9781910369005  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Richard Seward Newton's family home was in Surrey. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Oxford where he studied history and English literature. He was a lawyer before becoming a lecturer in London. He now lives with his wife near Bath. After meeting a whale when he was a student, Richard spent many years researching the natural history and biology of whales, and the horrific history of their near-destruction at the hands of mankind. The whales' story, together with Richard's experience of practical human affairs and his life-long interest in history, literature and science have come together in this profound and fascinating book, Tisala, his first novel.

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