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The Draw of the Sea

"A beautiful exploration of how the ocean shapes and intrigues us"

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Through the experiences of those people who fully embrace the romance and adventure that seaside living provides, Wyl Menmuir explores our profound connection to the most powerful of natural forces.

Living in Britain it is impossible to escape the sea and everybody here has to an extent a meaningful relationship with it. The Draw of the Sea focuses its attention on the southwest peninsula and the coastlines of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Here we dip into the lives of beachcombers, surfers, free-divers, shell-seekers, artists, wildlife-watchers and more, whose obsessions bring them into a daily embrace with depths that can be beautiful and dangerous in equal measure. The author understands this relationship implicitly, and admits to a fear of the sea, but fear and attraction often overlap. Menmuir’s own story is threaded through the chapters, each one a wave of sorts with its own distinct character. These portraits of people who are married to the ocean tell us much about ourselves but there is only one star in this book - the sea itself - magnificent, untamed, mysterious, often generous, sometimes deadly but always connecting us with distant shorelines and ultimately each other.

Greg Hackett

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