Alun Armstrong reads Nathaniel Philbrick's real-life tale of the whaling disaster that inspired Herman Melville's `Moby Dick'.
In 1821 the Essex was sunk in the Pacific by an enraged sperm whale.
Its 20-man crew drifted for three months.
Only eight lived, deranged and near death, having survived on the flesh of their dead companions.
Abridged in five parts by Keith Darvill.