The Sea Inside, Paperback / softback Book

The Sea Inside Paperback / softback



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 / softback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Sea life & the seashore
  • ISBN: 9780007412136



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