“I have begun to think of it as the oddest and most intriguing substance in the world.”
When an unidentified lump washes up on a beach in New Zealand, Christopher Kemp decides to investigate the strange substance that is found to be ambergris. However, he finds there is not much known or in fact written about ambergris.
Soon Kemp discovers ambergris to be an amazing source of wealth from a Sperm Whale’s stomach. The mysterious substance has been used for centuries as perfume, medicine, and aphrodisiac, but the true marvel is that ambergris is as valuable as gold!
Floating Gold follows Kemp’s own investigation into the history of ambergris and the fascinating people he meets along the way.
A fascinating book that slowly creeps up on you with some excellent quirky stories.