I finished reading this book just recently and it was so good! It's a proper rip-roaring yarn, a real adventure story, but kind of dark and a bit dreamlike at the same time. I've been reading it while feeding Dulcie in the evenings, trying to get her settled, but perhaps all my gasping and exclaiming is what's been keeping her awake. I love it when books make me exclaim out loud, apart from when I'm on the bus or something (as happened with Fingersmith) which can be kind of embarrassing. Upon reading the acknowledgements at the end of this book, I discovered that the two most gasp-worthy moments were actually based on real-life events. No way! Now I think, to find out more, I'm going to have to read a non-fiction account of a sea journey, something I swore I'd never do again after struggling my way through Ernest Shackleton's South. Ah, it felt so good to read something a bit gripping after the last bland (but vaguely enjoyable) bit of fluff I slogged through.
Not that I don't have a huge pile of books by my bed just waiting to be read, but I'd love to hear any recommendations anyone has. Given how hard it is to find time/space/free hands to read these days, any recommendations had better be good! No pressure... :)