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Welcome to my website. My novel is a story of love, passion and friendship in which the lives of Tisala, a Blue Whale, and David, a biologist, are bound up with the problems of the modern world. In the sweep of twentieth century history, Tisala comes to understand that mankind threatens its own future as well as much of life on Earth.

 

This website endeavours to explain how I came to write Tisala and the literary journey that shaped it. Please do explore the website - I hope you enjoy it.

 

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Tisala, the whale, meets David, the biologist. David realises Tisala is attempting to communicate, and with the help of an acoustic engineer, succeeds in making contact. Tisala hopes for David's aid to stop whalers destroying his own species, and all the whales in the oceans. But beyond this daunting task, and from what he learns from David, Tisala sees a way to help mankind too.

 

The novel is about whales and whaling. But it is about so much more too: in their unique discussions, Tisala and David consider anew many of today's great issues: war, religion, overpopulation, economics, ethics and love.

 

But first, Tisala teaches David that mankind must learn from the lessons of the past, the first of which is that we are trustees of the world. For the environmental crisis is spreading rapidly from an explosion in human numbers and our use of resources to climate change.

 

And all, as Tisala saw, will depend on how we collectively behave. It is time to take responsibility and that cannot be done without understanding. Allow Tisala to give you that knowledge and perspective.

 

I have often been asked how I thought of TISALA. In a way it is not fiction at all. It started like this:

 

Many years ago, when I was a sixteen, I was alone one afternoon in a small rowing boat in the Hebrides. The sea was completely calm with not a breath of wind. Without warning the sea beneath my tiny vessel heaved and surged and slid sideways off a plume of water that had erupted beneath it, and I was knocked into the bottom of the boat. My first fear was sharks, but from the size of the disturbance I knew this was something big - perhaps a basking shark, the largest that inhabit those waters.

 

Once the churned water had subsided and all was calm again I stood up to peer round, but at first saw nothing. Then I saw an enormous dark shadow - too big even for a basking shark - which rose slowly from the water, this time a few yards off and with hardly a ripple...

...A magnificent dark colossus - a whale - began to slide almost silently past me, as if it was being careful not to upset the boat. And with a slight roll his jawline and his eye emerged and we seemed to gaze into each other's souls. Three times the whale repeated this process. Somehow I knew instinctively it would not harm me, and I stood in the boat. With each of his passes my excitement rose and I thought - What he doing? What is he thinking? And then - suddenly - is he trying to communicate? So I called out to him.

 

Afterwards, when he had gone, and in a state of high excitement I began to wonder, what if whales COULD communicate? What if we could SPEAK with each other?

 

That is how this story began. It has been with me ever since.

 

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- Albert Einstein

- Socrates

- Tisala

- Voltaire

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