(First posted Wednesday, October 15, 2008)
Life etc, the ABC magazine, runs a six-page spread on The Last Whale in its Nov/Dec 2008 issue starting on page 36.
Editor Jane Southward writes : ‘ When it comes to non-fiction books, some of the best come from a writer’s determined passion to reveal the full story about a person, a perceived injustice or a piece of history that changed the world. A fascinating new book, The Last Whale, does exactly this in its detailed look at the events and politics involved in the decision to close down the last commercial whaling station in Australia.’
She finds it incredible that November 20 2008 marks 30 years since Australia harpooned its last whale, a a female sperm whale.
She writes: ‘Writer Chris Pash has spent 25 years researching and interviewing the people involved in whaling and the fight to stop it in Albany, Western Australia, in the 1970s. These events are particularly important to Australian history as the protests were the first direct action by Greenpeace Australia.’