Podcast: Richard Flanagan on the Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry

Podcast: Richard Flanagan on the Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry

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Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan talks to Cheryl about his latest non-fiction book, Toxic, which uncovers the rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry.

About the author:

Richard Flanagan’s novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.

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    Publisher details

    Toxic
    Author
    Richard Flanagan
    Publisher
    Penguin
    Genre
    Non Fiction
    Released
    26 April, 2021

    Synopsis

    Is Tasmanian salmon one big lie? In a triumph of marketing, the Tasmanian salmon industry has for decades succeeded in presenting itself as world’s best practice and its product as healthy and clean, grown in environmentally pristine conditions. What could be more appealing than the idea of Atlantic salmon sustainably harvested in some of the world’s purest waters? But what are we eating when we eat Tasmanian salmon? Richard Flanagan’s exposé of the salmon farming industry in Tasmania is chilling. In the way that Rachel Carson took on the pesticide industry in her ground-breaking book Silent Spring, Flanagan tears open an industry that is as secretive as its practices are destructive and its product disturbing. From the burning forests of the Amazon to the petrochemicals you aren’t told about to the endangered species being pushed to extinction you don’t know about; from synthetically pink-dyed flesh to seal bombs . . . If you care about what you eat, if you care about the environment, this is a book you need to read. Toxic is set to become a landmark book of the twenty-first century.
    Richard Flanagan
    About the author

    Richard Flanagan

    Richard Flanagan's novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.

    Books by Richard Flanagan

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