The true story that inspired the film In the Heart of the Sea
The original true account of the whale attack that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the new film In the Heart of the Sea: a thrilling tale of shipwreck and survival - and cannibalism
DON'T MISS THE MAJOR FILM INSPIRED BY CHASE'S NARRATIVE, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
On 20 November 1820, just south of the equator, the whaling ship Essex, spotted and pursued a shoal of sperm whales. As the crew started harpooning, the largest whale – some 85 feet long – rammed the Essex twice and 'stove in her bows'. What followed was an epic three-month voyage in open boats across storm-tossed seas. Only eight men survived, sustained by eating those who died.
This edition includes Owen Chases’s famous account, as well as memoirs by two other crew members and a facsimile of Herman Melville's notes on Chase’s narrative.
“The effect is kaleidoscopic. A vivid portrait emerges of the shipwrecked men's privatations and fundamental moral dilemma: literally to eat or be eaten”
“Chase's book still has an almost Biblical power”
Mail on Sunday
“An incredibly vivid journal of survival”
“The reading of this wondrous story...had a surprising effect on me”
“When I found myself popping the notes I attach to potential quotes to virtually every page, I realised I might as well just deliver a rousing injunction to read the book for yourselves”
Christina Hardyment, Independent
“The gripping sea story which helped to inspire Moby-Dick”
Christopher Frayling, Observer