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Born to swim thousands of miles in the ocean, the giant sea turtles are now trapped in a tank of golden-green water at London Zoo. But not for much longer. Two lonely people, a bookseller and a children's illustrator, have begun thinking turtle thoughts. As they come together to hatch a plan to release the turtles into the sea, their diaries reveal how they find their own lives changing in imperceptible and quite unintended ways.

©2021 Russell Hoban (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wonderful, life-saving...places Russell Hoban among the greatest, timeless novelists." (The Times)


"Crackles with witty detail, mordant intelligence and self-deprecating irony." (Time)

"This lovely human fable seems to me one of the best things of its kind - a fine and touching achievement." (John Fowles)

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  • Helena Frith Powell
  • 30-06-2021

Highly recommended

Absolutely wonderful. The novel’s dual narration is brought to life by Harry and Lucy who read the two believable and well-drawn characters that relate the adventure of the turtle release. Of course, it’s not just about the turtles and every short chapter contains a gem of a comment on life, love, loneliness and more. Loved it.

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