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The Levelling Sea The Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail by Philip Marsden
  

The Levelling Sea The Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail

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The Levelling Sea The Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail by Philip Marsden

The story of Britain's colourful maritime past seen through the changing fortunes of the Cornish port of Falmouth. Within the space of few years, during the 1560s and 1570s, a maritime revolution took place in England that would contribute more than anything to the transformation of the country from a small rebel state on the fringes of Europe into a world power. Until then, it was said, there was only one Englishman capable of sailing across the Atlantic. Yet within ten years an English ship with an English crew was circumnavigating the world. At the same time in Cornwall, in the Fal estuary, just a single building - a lime kiln - existed where the port of Falmouth would emerge. Yet by the end of the eighteenth century, Falmouth would be one of the busiest harbours in the world. 'The Levelling Sea' uses the story of Falmouth's spectacular rise and fall to explore wider questions about the sea and its place in history and imagination. Drawing on his own deep connection with Cornwall, award-winning author Philip Marsden writes unforgettably about the power of the sea and its ability to produce greed on a piratical scale, dizzying corruption, and grand and tragic aspirations.

Reviews

My favourite book this year...in sweeping, elegiac prose, Marsden has ensured that the grandeur of [Cornwall's] past will not be forgotten. Amanda Foreman, Mail on Sunday In this enjoyable, escapist read he explores his own patch (of Cornwall) in his 21ft-harbour launch, Liberty The Guardian A swashbuckling, but not unserious exploration of bravery, politics and 'fortunes...as liquid as the sea that yielded them. Financial Times Outstanding...his pitch-perfect feel for a phrase, plus a gift as sublime as James Hamilton-Paterson or Jonathan Raban's for describing water, lifts The Levelling Sea far above ordinary history towards a state closer to poetry. This is the best of our island's liquid tale, told the way it should be. Bella Bathurst, Sunday Times


About the Author

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers, and The Levelling Sea. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Cornwall.

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Publication date

9th June 2011

Author

Philip Marsden

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Author's Website

www.philipmarsden.co.uk/ind...

Publisher

HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
www.harpercollins.co.uk

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Maritime history

ISBN

9780007174539

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