Reviews

  • "A fantastic read, pacey and addictive, zipping along like a prize catch playing on the line of a master sportsman"

    Claire Looby, Irish Times
  • "Glittering... Hudson writes with such panache, assurance, sense of period, inventiveness and wit that he brings it off. You may not, on consideration, believe a word of it, yet find yourself happily applying the adjectives Robert Macfarlane gave to Hudson’s first novel: terrific…fizzy, funny, fantastical'."

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • "Written with tremendous energy and a self-assured pizzazz: the title comes from the name of Fastolf's yacht, painted in a dazzle camouflage pattern, and it nicely catches the brilliant effect for which the book strives."

    Sunday Times
  • "In this rich and racy mix of a novel, centering on a high-stakes Thirties rod-off, Hudson mingles the reckless American celebrity likes of Martha Gellhorn and Zane Grey with invented Brit aristos like John Fastolf, dilettante owner of the eponymous yacht of the title. Sex, drugs and ichthyomania; Moby Dick was nothing like this."

    Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
  • "The cast (both real and imagined) is alluring, the exchanges are spiked with acid, the action accelerates like a Bentley and the sex is surprisingly liberated"

    Christopher Hirst, Independent