Turtle Diary
Russell Hoban

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Narrated By: Harry Myers, Lucy Paterson

Duration: 5 hours and 48 minutes

What to expect

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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.

'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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Genre

Modern and contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Interior life

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Russell Hoban is our Ur-novelist, a maverick voice that is like no other.

Sunday Telegraph

Worth rejoicing in ... a banquet of whimsical delights. Each Russell Hoban book is surprising ... but you also know what you're getting, which is curiosity, wonder and a world-encompassing empathy.

The Guardian

This wonderful, life-saving fantasy places Russell Hoban where he has got to be - among the greatest, timeless novelists.

The Times

Crackles with witty detail, mordant intelligence and self-deprecating irony.

Time

[Turtle Diary] has medicinal qualities. I only need to think about it and I'm in a better mood.

Max Porter

A story about the recovery of life ... Like other cult writers - Salinger for instance, or Vonnegut - Hoban writes about ordinary people making life-affirming gestures in a world that threatens to dissolve in madness.

Newsweek

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