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Published on Mar 16, 2009
Redmond O'Hanlon, former natural history editor for the London "Times Literary Supplement," is the author of several bestselling masterpieces of modern adventure-travel literature. O'Hanlon often draws comparisons with "Heart of Darkness" author Joseph Conrad, on the one hand, and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on the other. His books feature risky, off-the-beaten-path expeditions, fascinating pieces of natural and cultural lore, and laugh-out-loud funny tales of travel mishaps. O'Hanlon's book "Trawler" (2005), is a first-hand account of time aboard a deep-sea commercial fishing trawler, which embarks from the northern tip of Scotland in the highest seas in the dead of winter. As the volunteer assistant of the onboard marine biologist, O'Hanlon treats the reader to insights and hilarious anecdotes about bizarre deep sea organisms, the perilous lives of fishermen, northern gales, seasickness, and the psychotic effects of prolonged sleep deprivation. O'Hanlon is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, as well as a member of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.