A startling book, his most personal to date, from Philip Hoare, co-curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read and winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for `Leviathan'. The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat.
It is ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives, we barely notice it. In `The Sea Inside', Philip Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts.
He begins on the south coast where he grew up, a place of almost monastic escape.
From there he travels to the other side of the world - the Azores, Sri Lanka, New Zealand - in search of encounters with animals and people.
Navigating between human and natural history, he asks what these stories mean for us now. Along the way we meet an amazing cast; from scientists to tattooed warriors; from ravens to whales and bizarre creatures that may, or may not, be extinct.
Part memoir, part fantastical travelogue, `The Sea Inside' takes us on an astounding journey of discovery.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 24/02/2014
- Category: Sea life & the seashore
- ISBN: 9780007412136