Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger by Peter Riley

Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger by Peter Riley

Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger by Peter Riley

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**Pre-order**  Published 24 February 2022

‘A wild and wonderful whale chase, of cetaceans real and surreal and imagined, Peter Riley's beautifully written book adopts the sceptical/obsessive tone of a modern Melville (or perhaps that should be Captain Ahab) as he roams Britain from east to west, north to south, in search of usually dead and often rotting whales and the stories they leave in their wake. There's no box of dusty bones he won't stick his nose in, no dubious character on a beach he won't shake down for stolen whale teeth. Indeed, Riley's so interwoven with his subject that I doubt anyone will ever match Strandings for its sheer bravura, its wry insight, and its absolute, engulfing, and brilliantly enlivening whaleheadedness’

Philip Hoare, author, Leviathan and Albert and the Whale

 

‘With wit and a whale-lover's passion, Riley explores the cultural and emotional bonds that form between humans and our sea- dwelling, mammalian cousins - both alive and dead. Strandings is at once incisive and funny, personal and historical, gripping and moving’ Merlin Sheldrake, author, Entangled Life