The Channel Shore From the White Cliffs to Land's End

by Tom Fort

The Real World Travel

The Channel Shore From the White Cliffs to Land's End Synopsis

The English Channel is the busiest waterway in the world. Ferries steam back and forth, trains thunder through the tunnel. The narrow sea has been crucial to our development and prosperity. It helps define our notion of Englishness, as an island people, a nation of seafarers. It is also our nearest, dearest playground where people have sought sun, sin and bracing breezes. Tom Fort takes us on a fascinating, discursive journey from east to west, to find out what this stretch of water means to us and what is so special about the English seaside, that edge between land and seawater. He dips his toe into Sandgate's waters, takes the air in Hastings and Bexhill, chews whelks in Brighton, builds a sandcastle in Sandbanks, sunbathes in sunny Sidmouth, catches prawns off the slipway at Salcombe and hunts a shark off Looe. Stories of smugglers and shipwreck robbers, of beachcombers and samphire gatherers, gold diggers and fossil hunters abound.

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ISBN: 9781471129728
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471129728
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Author: Tom Fort
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: The Real World, Travel,
Categories: Travel writing,

About Tom Fort

Tom Fort was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1978 he joined the BBC in London where he worked in the BBC Radio newsroom for 22 years. He lives in South Oxfordshire with his wife and two of his children and has been travelling up and down the A303 for over five decades.

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