The latest novel from Laline Paull is out today, 7th April, and is published by Corsair Books.
Having loved The Bees (fiction mixed with reality about the life of bees) by this author, and The Ice (mystery set in the Arctic) I am so excited to have Pod by Laline Paull sitting proudly in my TBR list, and pushing its way to the top. The Bees and The Ice both got 5*s stars from me, indeed The Bees is one of my favourite ever books – and is the reason why I can be found chatting to bees in the garden (read the book before you judge me!). What attracts me to Laline Paull’s novels is the mixture of great fiction with details about the environment and nature. As Laline says : “BIOLOGY + STORY = NATURE’S POV”
Will Pod be another 5* read? I have very high hopes for it.
As I haven’t read Pod yet, below is the Book Blurb and some info about Laline Paull.
Book Blurb about Pod by Laline Paull (supplied by Corsair Books)
Laline Paull, in her new dimension-breaking novel Pod, takes us into the ocean, and into the world of its fascinating inhabitants, through the eyes of the beautiful Ea, a Longi dolphin.
Ea has always felt like an outsider. As a spinner dolphin who has recently come of age, she’s now expected to join in the elaborate rituals that unite her pod. But Ea suffers from a type of deafness that means she just can’t seem to master spinning. When catastrophe befalls her family and Ea knows she is partly to blame, she decides to make the ultimate
sacrifice and leave the pod.
As Ea ventures into the vast, she discovers dangers everywhere, from lurking predators to strange objects floating in the water. Not to mention the ocean itself seems to be changing: creatures are mutating, demonic noises pierce the depths, whole species of fish disappear into the sky above. Just as she is coming to terms with her solitude, a chance
encounter with a group of arrogant bottlenoses will irrevocably alter the course of her life.
Pod is an immersive and transformative new novel of an ocean world – its extraordinary creatures,
mysteries, and mythologies – that is increasingly haunted by the cruelty and ignorance of the human race.
Within it, Laline Paull explores the true meaning of family, belonging, sacrifice – the harmony and tragedy
of the pod – within an ocean that is no longer the sanctuary it once was, and which reflects a world all too
recognisable to our own.
About the Author
Laline Paull was born in England. Her parents were first-generation Indian immigrants. She studied English
at Oxford University, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theatre in London. She has had two plays performed
at the Royal National Theatre, where she is currently adapting her first novel, The Bees. She is a member of
BAFTA and the Writers’ Guild of America. She lives in the English countryside with her family.
Find more about Laline at: https://www.lalinepaull.com/
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All the best, Emma