“Highly original and poetic. . . . Writers as diverse as Homer, Conrad, Melville and William Golding have led the way and James picks up the baton—or oar—wielding it with great skill. . . . The writing sparkles with inventiveness. . . . Scenes break as turmoil calls all hands to deck in a battle for survival, offering an intense experience for the reader.”

John Boyne, Irish Times

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