The Whale Tattoo

Jon Ransom


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Muswell Press
2 February 2023
ISBN: 9781739879495
240 pages

From the publisher

‘A stunning achievement – one of the most impressive and assured debuts I’ve ever read’ Matt Cain

When a giant sperm whale washes up on a Norfolk beach it tells Joe Gunner – a confused working-class lad – that death will follow him wherever he goes.  Joe knows that the place he needs to go is back home.  Having stormed out two years ago, it won’t be easy, nor will returning to the river beside the house where words ripple beneath the surface washing up all sorts of memories.

Joe turns to his sister, Birdee, the only person who has ever listened. But she can’t help him. Then there’s Tim Fysh, local fisherman and long-time lover. But reviving their bond is bound to cause trouble.

As the water settles and Joe learns the truth about the river, he finds that we all have the capability to hate, and that we can all make the choice not to.