Previously published as NOT FORGETTING THE WHALE

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

‘A gentle and uplifting tale of warding off apocalypse in a remote corner of Cornwall . . . charming’ Financial Times

For fans of ELEANOR OLIPHANT, THE ROSIE PROJECT & THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY.

It all began with the whale.

When a young man washes up on the sands of St Piran in Cornwall, it is clear to the villagers that this is not a regular day. What has brought him here? And what is the crisis only he understands, that threatens not only their community but all of civilisation?

With a global pandemic on the horizon, and a whale lurking in the bay, the villagers of St Piran must band together to survive. Intimate, funny and heart-warming, John Ironmonger tells a compelling story about the important things that hold us together, and how hope can be found, even at the end of the world.

‘Fun, uplifting, charming’ Financial Times

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

‘A tremendously enjoyable book’ Independent on Sunday

Reviews

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
An intriguing and thought-provoking story
CANDIS
An exciting and moving read
ESSENTIALS
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
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
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