Leviathan or, The Whale

Leviathan or, The Whale by Philip Hoare

(Fourth Estate / Atico de los Libros, Spain / Mare Verlag, Germany / Einuadi, Italy; The Whale, Ecco USA).

Winner of 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. A gripping voyage of discovery into the heart of an obsession.

‘Philip Hoare was long been acclaimed as a brilliantly unconventional writer … This is the book he was born to write, a classic of its kind’, Rachel Cooke, The Observer.

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1 am: the sea is the only place that's not scary

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sleek-headed company in the water this morning, far better suited than me for this sort of thing; all tight and tum… t.co/GVJfhU4HNE

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the water is cold, and full of grebes

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6.30 am: in the sea, you're never not there