Anna Reid

Never Found Him

In Search of Moby Dick: Quest for the White Whale


Little, Brown 242pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

One of the refreshing things about Tim Severin is that one believes what he says. Which other travel writer would dare admit, for example, that in four days patrolling Pacific reefs with Filipino shark-jumpers, he failed to spot a single shark? Where rivals might be tempted to ditch the episode, Severin is matter-of-fact. ‘On the fourth day,’ he says, ‘we turned for home. The men wanted to get back to their families, and we had burned up our allowance of diesel.’

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