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Publisher Description

The worst storm in history seen from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape.

The ‘perfect storm’ is a once-in-a-hundred-years combination: a high pressure system from the Great Lakes, running into storm winds over an Atlantic island – Sable Island – and colliding with a weather system from the Caribbean: Hurricane Grace.

This is the story of that storm, told through the accounts of individual fishing boats caught up in the maelstrom, their families waiting anxiously for news of their return, the rescue services scrambled to save them. It is the story of the old battle between the fisherman and the sea, between man and Nature, that awesome and capricious power which can transform the surface of the Atlantic into an impossible tumult of water walls and gaping voids, with the capacity to break an oil tanker in two.

In spare, lyrical prose ‘The Perfect Storm’ describes what happened when the Andrea Gail looked into the wrathful face of the perfect storm.


‘(It) will become a classic for a jaded modern world.’ The Independent

‘[Sebastian Junger] writes like a poet who has been to meteorology school.’ Ruth Rendell

‘Terrifying, sad, exhilarating, humbling and unforgettable.’ Daily Mail

‘A magnificent sea-yarn…it deserves to storm these shores.’ Observer

About the author

Sebastian Junger grew up in New England and has worked as a tree-feller, Bosnian correspondent, journalist and adventurer. His first book, ‘The Perfect Storm’, spent over four years on the bestseller lists and its film adaptation was a huge box-office success. Junger has been contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and winner of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He has also written for magazines including Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic Adventure.

24 June
Fourth Estate
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

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A Perfect Storm

This book is the best book I've ever read . I can read it over and and never be sick of it .The Ocean , winds , rain , waves & a hurrican capture the readers minds through out the complete true story . I wish they found the Andea Gail & the crew but it didn't happen . It's heartbreaking for their families to wonder what happened to them .
Sebastian Junger you are amazing Author & I give the book 5 stars . Definitely buy it .

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