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The Porpoise

(2019)
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Porpoise, written by Mark Haddon.

'I really am so very, very sorry about this,' he says, in an oddly formal voice.... They strike the side of a grain silo. They are travelling at 70 miles per hour.

A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash.

She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world.

When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail....

So begins a wild adventure of a novel, damp with salt spray, blood and tears. A novel that leaps from the modern era to ancient times; a novel that soars, and sails, and burns long and bright; a novel that almost drowns in grief yet swims ashore; in which pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler's hand, and ghost women with lampreys' teeth drag a man to hell - and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Staggeringly ambitious, innovative, beautifully written... The Porpoise has the pace of a really good thriller, but combined with a subtlety and depth that few thrillers possess." - Pat Barker

"Mark Haddon cuts right down to the grittiness of humanity every time he writes. The Porpoise is a beautiful, unputdownable, ancient tangle with its own sweeping tides and dangerous depths." - Daisy Johnson

"A full-throttle blast of storytelling mastery. I read it on the plane in a single sitting at 30,000 feet and enjoyed every second. Gorgeously written and very clever, but also such fun! Ancient and modern overlap and tangle in exhilarating ways, it’s like romping through a Literary Netflix: an episode of something historical and bloody, then something slick and contemporary, then something really weird and unnerving. So many pleasures in one book. The Porpoise is a joy to read." - Max Porter


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
ISBN: 0-385-69267-6 / 978-0-385-69267-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Porpoise: A Novel
Author(s): Mark Haddon
ISBN: 0-385-54431-6 / 978-0-385-54431-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
ISBN: 1-78474-282-1 / 978-1-78474-282-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
ISBN: 1-78474-283-X / 978-1-78474-283-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Porpoise: A Novel
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Porpoise: A Novel
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Digital
Availability: Amazon   


May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Digital
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   


June 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Bond Street Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Porpoise
Author(s): Mark Haddon
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU