There is a reason why the sea is so often chosen for the setting of psychological thrillers - there is nowhere to escape to.Joseph Conrad returned to the ocean waves for The Shadow Line , which tells the story of a young captain trying to control and lead a ship for the first time - and the struggles that come with it! He is thrown into one crisis after another: provisions running low, his crew fighting malaria, and somebody hiding the medicine. Amid rumours of the previous captain s ghost haunting the ship, Conrad skillfully builds a claustrophobic, cloying atmosphere.Can the young captain hold his nerve and save the ship and the crew?This thrilling book is perfect for fans of Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Ernest Hemingway s The Old Man and the Sea .Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-born author who left Poland in his teens to avoid enlistment in the Russian Army. He learned English aboard British ships and started writing in the language after settling in England. His most famous novel is ‘Heart of Darkness’ (1899), which was inspired by his experiences on the open sea. He also wrote the classic novels Lord Jim and Nostromo .Among countless film and TV adaptations of his work were Apocalypse Now , a Vietnam War movie based on Heart of Darkness , and The Secret Agent , starring Bob Hoskins and Patricia Arquette.