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The Draw of the Sea

The Draw of the Sea

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From the wreckers who scour secret beaches for modern day ‘plunder’ to the free divers who can hold their breaths for minutes at a time, Wyl’s journey sees him meeting with an eclectic group of people who have one thing in common: they love the sea and its inhabitants as much as he does. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. By including such an interesting range of stories, it also expanded my perspective of other people's relationships with the sea too. As unmissable as it is compelling, as profound as it is personal, this must-read book will delight anyone familiar with the intimate and powerful pull which the sea holds over us. cm x 14 cm, the durable deep blue hardboard cover of the relatively chunky tome opens to around 300 good quality, matte finish pages, the 13 short ‘stories’ running from page 14 to 259.

As a species, although our behaviours have an impact on every ecosystem on Earth, we humans are able to inhabit just 5 per cent of those ecosystems. This book is a meaningful and moving work into how we interact with the environment around us, and how it comes to shape the course of our lives. He intercuts his own story – he moved to Cornwall in 2013 and he and his family now live a watery existence, swimming, surfing, rockpooling and beachcombing – with a broader consideration of the lives of a motley collection of seafarers. The Draw of the Sea focuses its attention on the southwest peninsula and the coastlines of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.He knows this intimately – his house was constructed of Nigerian iroko wood that fell from a ship off Penzance. This book also serves as a strong reminder of why we need to take action to protect our oceans and seas before it is too late, managing to do so in a serious but not completely hopeless way. The sea shows itself in all its moods here – the beautiful, the awe-inspiring, and the terrifying – often all in the space of a single day. A Serving of Crime with a Difference - You May Just Discover Something Unique, Different, or Unusual in These 20 Crime Novels. Wyl Menmuir explores the different ways in which people can be drawn to the sea, content to leave it a mystery why they are drawn – and perhaps the mystery is the point.

Now, in The Draw of the Sea, Menmuir, whose 2016 Booker-longlisted novel The Many was set in a fishing village in Cornwall, has turned his focus on the place the sea plays in Britain’s collective consciousness, the way we have been shaped by the waters that surround us. This is exactly my kind of non-fiction - a personal account of the natural world starting from a narrow focal point and widening out to everything it touches. I love the sea, I am half Cornish and have such good memories of childhoods spent down in Cornwall with my grandparents and my aunt and uncle.It feeds us, sustaining communities and providing livelihood, but it also holds immense destructive power that threatens to destroy all we have created. With many of the things I find, like Jane’s mystery woven dolls, the meaning of the messages has been slightly obscured, a radio dial a few notches off from a clear signal. The chapters are themed around different activities that take place in, beside or near the sea, such as beachcombing, freediving, watching wildlife or surfing. In this beautifully-written meditation on what it is that draws us to the waters’ edge, author Wyl Menmuir tells the stories of the people whose lives revolve around the sea in the Cornish community where he lives.

Wyl Menmuir's The Draw of the Sea is a beautifully written and deeply moving portrait of the sea and the people whose livelihoods revolve around it, examining the ephemeral but universal pull the sea holds over the human imagination. The chances are that if I did so now, it would be part of an oceanographic study exploring the distribution of oceanic plastics, but I would most like to find something along the lines of the note the eighteenth-century treasure hunter Chunosuke Matsuyama wrote when he was shipwrecked on an island in the South Pacific.

In The Draw of the Sea, Wyl Menmuir investigates just that - the invisible force that pulls some of us to the coast, whether to simply gaze in awe at the vastness of the ocean or to fully immerse ourselves in its watery depths, to dive in, to swim, surf or sail.

There is a great deal of wisdom here, and I loved the way that he lets these different viewpoints speak to one another, sometimes in harmony, sometimes not. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. In this book, he travels around Cornwall and Scilly Isles and all the way up to Svalbard finding out the stories of the people who live and love the coast in the same way that he does.



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