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The Dolphin Who Saved Me

How An Extraordinary Friendship Helped Me Overcome Trauma and Find Hope

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  • ISBN: 9781778400520
  • Tags: All Books, Melody Horrill, Nature & Environment, Science,
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
  • Published On: 09/26/2023
  • 296 Pages

"An inspiring book about love in its purest form."—JANE GOODALL, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

With the heartwrenching vulnerability of The Glass Castle and the spiritual journey of H is for Hawk, this stunning debut memoir tells the story of a traumatized young woman’s friendship with an injured dolphin whose habitat she fights to save.

When Melody Horrill arrived at university she was a troubled and lost young woman, hiding behind a carefully crafted exterior. She had experienced a childhood of emotional and physical trauma mainly at the hands of her violent father that was as damaging as it was brutal.

One day Melody volunteered to help her lecturer monitor pods of river nearby dolphins. There for the first time she encountered Jock, a solitary dolphin with a maimed fin, who lived apart from the highly social pods. Melody was to form a bond with Jock that gave her the key to freeing herself from the demons of her own past, and their extraordinary friendship was the start of a long-term mission to try to save the river dolphins.

Beautifully written and filled with insight and compassion, Melody's memoir details her life-changing friendship with the river dolphins, and how Jock helped her to heal.

Melody Horrill is an award-winning journalist, presenter and documentary producer, with more than 20 years' experience in broadcast media. She is well-known for her passionate writing and filming about the endangered wild dolphins in Australia. Her documentary Dance with a Dolphin was broadcast across the world on CNN, with Melody presenting it from the U.S.