(First Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008)
Warwick Stanley of Australian Associated Press says of The Last Whale, a narrative nonfiction book: ‘It’s a dispassionate account that peers into the lives of both the whalers and the protesters in the lead-up to the anti-climactic last (Australian) whale hunt on November 21, 1978. ‘
His article notes that November 21, 2008, marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, the last Australian whale hunt and the last outpost of whaling in the English-speaking world.
Stanley says The Last Whale is ‘is an eminently readable account of the fear and loathing on Australia’s last whaling frontier’.
The Last Whale, published by Fremantle Press, gets inside the heads of Australia’s last whalers and a group of people who planned and executed a campaign to stop them. The 1977 campaign was Greenpeace’s first direct action in Australia.