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Down to the Sea in Ships Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men

by Horatio Clare

The Real World

Down to the Sea in Ships Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men Synopsis

For millennia, the seaways have carried our goods, cultures and ideas, the terrors of war and the bounties of peace - and they have never been busier than they are today. But though our normality depends on shipping, it is a world which passes largely unconsidered, unseen and unrecorded. Out of sight, in every lonely corner of every sea, through every night, every day, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These ordinary men (and they are mostly men) live extraordinary lives, subject to pressures we know - families, relationships, dreams and fears - and to dangers and difficulties we can only imagine, from hurricanes and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships, travelling in the company of their crews and captains. Together they experience unforgettable journeys: the first, from East to West (Felixstowe to Los Angeles, via Suez) is rich with Mediterranean history, torn with typhoon nights and gilded with an unearthly Pacific peace; the second northerly passage, from Antwerp to Montreal, reeks of diesel, wuthers with gales and goes to frozen regions of the North Atlantic, in deep winter, where the sea itself seems haunted. In Clare's vibrant prose a modern industry does battle with implacable forces, as the ships cross seas of history and incident, while seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, telling their tales and yarns. A beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects, and a fascinating study of big business afloat, Down to the Sea in Ships is a moving tribute to those who live and work on the great waters, far from land.

Down to the Sea in Ships Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men Press Reviews

Wonderful... Clare's account of his journeys with the officers and crews of container ships is gripping and stomach-churning in equal measure Daily Telegraph [A] beautifully written account of seafaring life -- Ian Critchley Sunday Times A lyrical, heartfelt but eye-opening chronicle... Both romantic and realistic, written from the heart but crafted with a seafarer's passionate precision , [Clare's] book will steer you into the new year on a course that may deepen your grasp both of that world, and of ourselves -- Boyd Tonkin Independent Stupendous and extraordinarily exciting... What Clare demonstrates, even beyond his undoubted gifts as writer, is his basic humanity. I read his wonderful book with gratitude for his insight - but also with increased admiration for the men to whom we owe almost everything in our comfortable and secure lives -- Philip Hoare Times Higher Education Rich and dense, full of old sea-dog stories, with barely a word wasted, it's a triumph of quiet artistry -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail


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ISBN: 9780099526292
Publication date: 05/02/2015
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ISBN: 9780701183103
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780701183103
Publication date: 2nd January 2014
Author: Horatio Clare
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: The Real World,
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About Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare has worked on Front Row and Nightwaves, and produced Radio 3's The Verb. Born in 1973, Clare has written for The Spectator, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph.

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