How to Speak Whale

Tom Mustill


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HarperCollins Publishers
14 September 2023
ISBN: 9780008363420
320 pages

From the publisher

'Fascinating' Greta Thunberg 'Extraordinary' Merlin Sheldrake 'A must-read' New Scientist 'Enthralling' George Monbiot 'Brilliant' Philip Hoare Wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill had always liked whales. But when one breached onto his kayak, nearly killing him, he became obsessed. This book traces his extraordinary investigation into the deep ocean and the cutting-edge science of animal translation. What would it take to speak with a whale? Are we ready for what they might say? MORE PRAISE FOR HOW TO SPEAK WHALE 'One of the most exciting and hopeful books I have read in ages' SY MONTGOMERY, AUTHOR OF THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS 'A narrative that will expand your concept of language and deepen your understanding of the many ways there are to be alive ... It left me inspired' MERLIN SHELDRAKE, AUTHOR OF ENTANGLED LIFE 'A must-read ... a hugely engaging personal story of a journey into the future of human-animal communication facilitated by delving into its past' NEW SCIENTIST 'Fascinating and deeply humane' GRETA THUNBERG 'A rich, enthralling, brilliant book that opens our eyes and ears to worlds we can scarcely imagine' GEORGE MONBIOT, AUTHOR OF REGENESIS 'Tantalizing ... Think how transformative it would be if we could chat with whales about their love lives or their sorrows or their thoughts on the philosophy of language' ELIZABETH KOLBERT, NEW YORKER