Inside The Whale : Heartbreaking and life-affirming, funny and deeply moving, this is the unforgettable story of Stevie and Michael - ordinary lovers torn apart by the extraordinary events of war. Stevie Stanford, recently widowed, must tell her family the truth - but that past is complicated and difficult to untangle. Meanwhile Michael's memories are squashed into a shoebox (along with Queen Mathilda's Dickin Medal for Bravery - for pigeons) ready for his move to hospital. Michael has never been good at putting things into words; he's more comfortable with the click of Morse code. But Anna, a young healthcare assistant, has the patience - and rare tenderness - to coax out his story. And so he begins.