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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4 am: swimming under the bitten moon, the sea's biting cold, the dark shivering on the shore

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On Orton and Halliwell's library outrage: t.co/J9D3b76QDt @JoeOrtonWriter t.co/fXMTyQeBwz t.co/Xw9mSp4JAP

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sorry to be gendered (actually, no, I'm not), but this is why we need a woman to sort it out... t.co/kf5EBe0TfK

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@DavidLammy brilliant

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a brilliant act of intervention: with due acknowledgement to Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell t.co/J6CP2KvSm1