There’s rubbish in the ocean now far from any land, Coca-Cola tins perhaps circling among the icebergs. If turtles have memories the beaches the old ones remember are not what they would find now. Perhaps the only decent thing would be a monster Turtlearium charging a proper admission, with turtle rides 10p and YOUR PHOTO WITH A SEA TURTLE 50p. Something has got to be whole in some way but my mind isn’t strong enough to work it out.
—Today is World Turtle Day, and we would like to commemorate it with a short passage from Russell Hoban’s Turtle Diary, which goes on sale June 11th. The two main characters in the book—Neaera H and William G—think a lot about turtles. But they also are prepared to take action.