Pincher Martin has been included in Cynan Jones’s list of the best ten books about the hostile ocean. Published as part of the Guardian ongoing ‘Top 10’ series, Jones writes of Pincher Martin: ‘the narrative bulges and shrinks like the anemones Martin is reduced to eating and there is an ebb and flow in reality, with Martin dismissing terrifying events as hallucinations, as he fights to hold on to his sanity.’
Pincher Martin is an astonishing tale about shipwreck, madness, one man’s evil, and guilt. Jones particularly notes the ‘virtuoso twist’ of the novel, which is brilliant and shocking on first read, and rewarding for the repeat reader. Cynan Jones’s new book, Cove, is out now.