Top 10: nautical fiction
Whether you’re into mutineers and buccaneers, or murder and madness, all aboard for high seas adventures with this top ten.
- Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor. Escaping famine in Ireland for refuge in America, the passengers of the Star of the Sea soon realise a murderer is in their midst.
- The Odyssey by Homer. Greek hero’s return from the Trojan war.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Captain Ahab seeks vengeance against the whale that made a meal of his leg during a previous encounter.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Shipwrecked and stranded on a lifeboat in the company of a Bengal tiger, a boy contemplates metaphysics and spirituality.
- English Passengers by Matthew Neale. Reverend Geoffrey Wilson unwittingly charters a smuggling vessel in search of the Garden of Eden, which he believes is in Tasmania.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Buccaneers and buried gold. Arrr, Jim, lad!
- Death on the Nile Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian cruise is interrupted by the murder of an heiress.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Huck escapes his abusive father via a raft on the Mississippi.
- The Sea Hawk by Raphael Sabatini. Swashbuckling tale of betrayal, enslavement and Barbary pirates.
- The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. Pre-WW1 espionage.
- Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton. Non-fiction.
- The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson. Vikings ahoy!
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Imperialism and racism play out deep in the Congo.
- The African Queen by C S Forester. Down the river we go!
- Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. Based on the true story of mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh.