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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.
|Publication date:||24th February 2014|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
Philip Hoare's is the author of several books, including `Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant'; `Noel Coward'; `Oscar Wilde's Last Stand'; `Spike Island'; `England's Lost Eden'; and `Leviathan, or, The Whale', winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He lives in Southampton.More About Philip Hoare