The End of the River (2008) was my first trade book.
The heart of the book is my experience with an
environmemtally calamitous attempt to divert a major
river in Brazil, against a backdrop of the folly of ignoring
or misusing science. The End of the River is published by
The End of the River made the Globe and Mail's list of
TOP 100 BOOKS OF 2009. This annual selection
represents the "best and most influential books of the
year", published in Canada and the U.S.
The Globe and Mail said:
"Harvey has. . . a fascination and deftness with language and its
effects, and with the memorable luminescence of a story well told."
"The End of the River is a brilliant and instructive book, alive with the
author's seditious intelligence, his inner compulsions and restlessness,
the lot of which are wedded to his literal journey in a way that recalls
the travel writing of one of Harvey's heroes, Sir Richard Burton, who
during the mid-1800s explored the Sao Francisco River that so
obsesses Harvey today."
"The book is founded on the author's lifelong fascination with fish, an
attraction that began in the "bottle room" of the British Columbia
Provincial Museum when Harvey was a child, and eventually extended
to fish and fishing cultures as far away as Japan, the Philippines and
South America. Harvey's book sweeps across continents and oceans,
taking us to hand-wringing conservation conferences in Europe, to his
home river — the Fraser — in British Columbia, to the fish hatcheries
and markets of the Far East — visiting in the process seedy Thai
hotels, Amazonian outposts and Brazil's raucous Carnaval."
More praise for The End of the River
“A wonderful and engaging read with a samba beat, on the plight of
the planet's living waters. A great way to open peoples' eyes."
Brian Harvey is that rare fish, a scientist who can write.” —Dr.
Thomas Lovejoy, founder of the Public TV program “Nature”
“Provides a new way to appreciate the aquatic life we so voraciously
consume.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author of “Dead Man in Paradise” and
“The Hundred Mile Diet”
“Harvey may have created a new literary genre – science travel
writing.” —Quill and Quire