How to Speak Whale

by Tom Mustill

What an adventure! Mustill uses an almost Hitchcockian narration — he starts by describing a near-death experience during whale-watching and then takes a reader on a mindblowing journey, both in geographic and intellectual terms. His curiosity, fueled by this unforgettable encounter, drives him to fascinating places and meetings with extraordinary people. While this is mainly a popular science book, it also blends in travelog, nature, and even tech writing. The first-person perspective works perfectly, engaging the reader, and the style is fresh and witty.

I read about this book in a New Yorker piece by Elizabeth Kolbert, in which she also wrote about the latest Ed Yong book, An Immense World — and I think that if you like both of those authors, you will love “How to Speak Whale” as well.

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I am a voracious reader of non-fiction and popular science books. Here you will find my reviews.