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  • You gaze entranced as his destiny unfolds…Vann pulls off the most gripping passage of sea-catastrophe writing I have read outside Conrad, a chest-tightening, concretely detailed, cold, sickening and cumulatively desperate depiction of life turning murderous.

  • At once memoir, confession, travel book and thriller, David Vann’s A Mile Down is so vivid and intense you will dread to see it end…. The book is a testimony of passion and courage in deadly storms and scarier calms, of a man wrestling with his ghosts and gifts in the very shadow of paradise.

    Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek and Brave Enemies
  • Vann brings his undoubted storytelling skill to his own experiences…unflinching honesty…a terrific piece of writing from a brave and talented author.

    Big Issue
  • An antidote to the usual run of escape-to-the-sun memoirs.

    Financial Times
  • Rarely has a memoir combined such raw self-exposure with such ultimately consoling insight.

    New Statesman

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