Starting from humble beginnings on a typical gap year and fuelled by his growing passion for marine conservation, we follow Thomas Durant’s fascinating journey from student to marine activist in The Activist.
Scottish author Alec Connon’s debut novel tells the tale of Durant’s decade-long involvement in animal rights activism, from his first tentative steps into the world of an activist with demonstrations in Vancouver, to the all-out war with the Japanese whaling fleet, raging between hunters and activists on mountainous seas.
The swashbuckling adventure gives the reader an insight in to life on the high seas for the rag-tag and furiously determined team of committed volunteers wishing to protect the natural world from those intent on using it for profit at any cost.
Join the characterful crew as they brave storms, face up to media and political pressure, as well as whalers’ assaults in a bid to protect every aspect of life under the sea.
The Activist highlights the plight of the natural world, but, while it clearly carries a strong political message, it never preaches and is a resolutely entertaining read. A heartfelt, poignant and absorbing novel, that promises to give food for thought.
The Activist, by Alec Connon, published by Ringwood Publishing, £9.99.