Sydney, Oct 2, 2008 (ABN Newswire) - The true story, written by Chris Pash, gets inside the heads of Australia's last whalers and a group of people who planned and executed a campaign to stop them. The campaign was Greenpeace's first direct action in Australia.

The Last Whale is the story of crazy young activists in 1977 risking their lives in rubber dinghies, duelling with steel whaling ships and placing themselves between whales and explosive harpoons.

The article by Ian Williams says: "Pash is non-judgemental in his portrayal of the key characters involved in the emotionally charged campaign, delivering a narrative style that gives equal weight to both whalers and protesters. He spent months tracking down the former adversaries to piece together the action and provide an insight into their experiences and motivations."

Steve Shallhorn, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, says The Last Whale is "... an important contribution to Australian history and to the protection of whales... it chronicles the people and events which created Greenpeace in Australia and ... seeks to understand the minds and thinking of those who hunted whales in Australia."

The book, "The Last Whale", was launched on September 20, 2008, by Steve Shallhorn at Albany, Western Australia, the site of Australia's last whaling station, during the Sprung Writers Festival.

The Last Whale is now on sale in bookstores. You can purchase a copy from the Fremantle Press at:


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