In 2005 she named her top ten books on the sea for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleRead about another item on the list.
The original, and still the best. Melville spent time both on whaling ships and a man-of-war, and it shows. His masterpiece is as much an education in 19th-century shipboard life as it is the story of man against leviathan.
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