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By: Callum James

The Accidental Malthusian

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“This quest for truth will only bring you more and more misery. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and knowledge can only lead to further fear.”


Dr Mark Taylor wakes to discover that in the darkness, he has no idea where he is or how he got there. Yet the choices he makes that night unknowingly to him will lead to a maelstrom of events that he could never predict.


Seventeen years later, documentary-maker Adam Hartmann and his team have completed filming the unique relationship between the Lyaelima People and The Bonobo Ape, in the rainforests of Congo. On their trek out of the jungle, they make a discovery which would change the fortunes of many lives, including their own.


The events in the African jungle lead Adam’s friend Duncan McCraith on a quest and in doing so, he unearths a past purposely hidden for fifteen years, including a dark philosophy encompassing the beliefs and actions of the mysterious ‘Programme’ – an organisation who prefers to remain in the shadows. What rapidly emerges is the darker side of humanity and the question of how far someone should go to uncover the truth, and as a consequence, how far people are willing to go to protect themselves.

Callum James lives on the South Coast of England with his family, having moved back from London where he spent much of his career.


He has always had a great love for reading and came to write following some dark episodes in his life. Suffering from PTSD, writing became a way of battling his past, and this led to his first novel The Accidental Malthusian.


Callum’s interests are varied, but he especially likes to spend long hours exploring the Dorset countryside through his passion for photography, as well as long discussions over a glass of red, discussing the difficult questions of science and philosophy.

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