Leviathan: or, The Whale wins the Samuel Johnson Prize

Book inspired by Moby-Dick scoops prestigious non-fiction prize

Philip Hoare’s Leviathan: or, The Whale, a book partly inspired by Moby-Dick, has won the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction. The prize, worth £20,000, is the most important UK prize for non-fiction books. According to Mark Brown of The Guardian, Leviathan is ‘part natural history, part literary criticism, part economics and part memoir but at its heart is the author's lifelong obsession for all things whale.’ This passion for whales was sparked by the author’s reading of Moby-Dick, and Melville’s novel looms large in Hoare’s book. Leviathan was chosen from a total of 166 entries and a shortlist dominated by science books including Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science and Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder. To read more about the prize, click here.

‘Every time I read it, it is as if I am reading it for the first time’ - Philip Hoare on Moby-Dick

The Folio Society’s new edition of Moby-Dick is now available, limited to 1,750 copies and with the classic illustrations of Rockwell Kent. It is accompanied by a detailed 312-page commentary volume, incorporating a full glossary, by the American scholar Harold Beaver. To read more about our edition, click here.

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