The Hunt For Moby Dick
Leviathan or, The Whale
Samuel Johnson Prize Winner
Leviathan, or The Whale is published by 4th Estate

Also available in paperback by HarperPerennial

'This is the book [Philip Hoare] was born to write, a classic of its kind'
The Observer

'In Hoare's hands, whales are almost limitlessly strange and interesting'
Sunday Times

'As well as descriptive prose of great beauty, Leviathan is full of fascinating facts'

Philip Hoare Website
Leviathan Blog



In this acclaimed film by award-winning director Adam Low for the flagship BBC strand, Arena, Philip Hoare, winner of the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, embarks on a four-year adventure in search of the whale. Filmed in Britain, New England and the Azores, The Hunt for Moby-Dick confronts our perennial fascination with this extraordinary animal, and the book it inspired: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.


July 2010 – New England Events

Special screening of Philip Hoare’s Guide to Whales, with talk by Philip Hoare, New Bedford Whaling Museum, MA, Tuesday 13 July at 7 pm.

Special screening of The Hunt for Moby-Dick, in aid of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, introduced by Philip Hoare at the Art House Cinema, Provincetown, MA, Thursday 15 July at 5 pm.

Special screening of The Hunt for Moby-Dick, introduced by Philip Hoare, at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket, MA, Saturday 17 July at 7 pm.News

Written and Presented by Philip Hoare

Executive Producer and Arena Series Editor, Anthony Wall
Produced by Martin Rosenbaum
Directed by Adam Low

'This splendid Arena...Low has assembled a formidable archive of footage, while Hoare is impassioned and even-handed...a fine guide through the broiling waters of one of literature's most densely metaphorical works.'
Time Out London

 'It was good to be reminded of what a great, courageous novel it is, and how far the world has turned since the world's richest oilmen lived on the island of Nantucket, chasing monsters for their wealth.'  
The Independent

'A voyage as dark and tempestuous as the one it describes.period footage, artwork and incidental imagery unite to produce a shifting collage that makes its point by art and implication.'  
Mail on Sunday



Philip Hoare website