Laline Paull

Author, playwright, screenwriter

POD

This is the story of two rival tribes of dolphins, the massive and boorish bottlenose, and the far small, cultured and peace-loving tribe of spinners.  The main POV is Ea’s, a young female spinner dolphin who is always at odds with her family group, to the point that she creates a tragedy so terrible, she exiles herself thinking it will lead to death.

Instead, she finds herself exploring a vast and frightening ocean.  When she becomes the captive of a group of arrogant bottlenose males, she realises life is precious, even in these terrifying new conditions – and does whatever she must, to survive.

Peopled by many creatures of the ocean, and once again based in real animal and environmental biology, POD 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.

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