The epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the nineteenth century – and inspiration for ‘Moby-Dick’ – reissued to accompany a major motion picture due for release in December 2015, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy.
When the whaleship Essex set sail from Nantucket in 1819, the unthinkable happened. A mere speck in the vast Pacific ocean – and powerless against the forces of nature – Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale, and her twenty crewmen were forced to take to the open sea in three small boats. Ninety days later only a handful of survivors were rescued – and a terrifying story of desperation, cannibalism and courage was revealed…
One of the greatest sea yarns ever spun, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is the true story of the extraordinary events that inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece ‘Moby-Dick’.
‘As gripping as it is grisly, with a cracking narrative, a complex cast of characters and a terrible moral dilemma at its heart’ Daily Mail
‘A classic … one of the most chilling books I have ever read’ Sebastian Junger, author of ‘The Perfect Storm’
‘Fascinating … When it comes to extremes, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is right there at the edge’ Wall Street Journal
‘Superbly readable … elegantly written … a compelling study of the infinite human meanings of the sea itself’ Guardian
‘Utterly gripping’ Daily Telegraph
About the author
NATHANIEL PHILBRICK is the bestselling and award-winning
author of many books including Pulitzer Prize finalist ‘Mayflower’, ‘Sea of Glory’, ‘The Last Stand’ and ‘Bunker Hill’. He has further contributed to the scholarship on the whaleship Essex and ‘Moby-Dick’ through two notable books, editing ‘The Loss of the Ship Essex’, ‘Sunk By a Whale’, a collection of first-person accounts by Essex crew members, and is the author of ‘Why Read Moby-Dick?’, a powerful, personal treatise on the enduring merits of a classic novel. Philbrick lives on Nantucket.