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    DescriptionThe Number One best-selling, epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the 19th century, beautifully reissued. The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the twenty sailors who survived the wreck took to three small boats (one of which was again attacked by a whale) and only eight of them survived their subsequent 90-day ordeal, after resorting to cannibalising their mates. Three months after the Essex was broken up, the whaleship Dauphin, cruising off the coast of South America, spotted a small boat in the open ocean. As they pulled alongside they saw piles of bones in the bottom of the boat, at least two skeletons' worth, with two survivors -- almost skeletons themselves -- sucking the marrow from the bones of their dead ship-mates.


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    Title
    In the Heart of the Sea
    Subtitle
    The Epic True Story That Inspired "Moby Dick"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nathaniel Philbrick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Weight: 248 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007241798
    ISBN 10: 0007241798
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSP
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: BTP
    DC22: 910.9164
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027150, TRA006010, BIO000000
    Edition statement
    (Reissue)
    Illustrations note
    8 b/w plates (16pp)
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    05 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Nathaniel Philbrick is a historian and broadcaster who has written extensively about sailing. He is director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies on Nantucket Island, and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. He was a consultant on the movie 'Moby Dick'. Aged 41, he has lived on Nantucket with his wife and two children since 1986.
    Review quote
    'Utterly gripping.' Daily Telegraph 'Brilliant.' The Times 'Superbly readable!elegantly written!a compelling study of the infinite human meanings of the sea itself.' Guardian 'As gripping as it is grissly!a cracking narrative, a complex cast of characters and a terrible moral dilemma at its heart.' Daily Mail