In 2003 he named his top ten nautical books for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleRead about another book on the list.
Captain Ahab storming about with his one leg, the mighty white whale consuming the whaler's every thought, densely detailed passages chronicling whaling men's lives, in which long stretches of shipboard boredom could vanish with one cry of "Thar' she blows!" - this 1851 briny American classic is the grandfather of all whaling epics.
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