The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea (Paperback)

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“Unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir.”

—Mark Kurlansky


The Whale by Philip Hoare is a enthralling and eye-opening literary leviathan swimming in similar bestselling waters as Cod and The Secret Life of Lobsters. Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, The Whale is a lively travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea—the remarkable mammals that we human beings have long been fascinated with, from Moby Dick to Free Willy. Bestselling author and naturalist Bernd Heinrich calls it, “a moving and extraordinary book,” and Hoare’s sparkling account of swimming with these incredible behemoths will delight whale and wildlife aficionados, lovers of the sea and sea stories, as well as the socially and environmentally conscious reader.


About the Author

Philip Hoare is the author of biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noël Coward and the historical studies Wilde's Last Stand, Spike Island and England's Lost Eden. He is also the writer and presenter of the BBC Arena film, The Hunt for Moby-Dick. He lives in Southampton, England.

Praise For…

— Nathaniel Philbrick, New York Times Book Review

— Washington Post

— Cleveland Plain Dealer

— NPR's All Things Considered

— People

— Mark Kurlansky, author of SALT and COD

— Alex Ross, bestselling author of THE REST IS NOISE

— W.G. Sebald

— Lynne Cox, author of GRAYSON

— People
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061976209
ISBN-10: 0061976202
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: February 8th, 2011
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: P.S.