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The Draw of the Sea

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In exploring what the sea means to us, and allowing us to hear from those who who work with it, live by it, enjoy it, struggle with it or seek to preserve it, Menmuir presents a wonderful variety of voices and of experiences. 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.

I absolutely loved the authors style of writing not only do you feel like your learning so much in a fun way but I felt like I was experiencing them aswell. The Chalke History Festival announces a new name, new look, and tons for history buffs to get their teeth into! Where you often drift off, not because it's not engaging but because they make your mind wander, and remember, and dream and I don't really know where I'm going with this. Combing the beaches for things that have washed ashore, rock pooling and free diving just lend themselves to an idyllic and peaceful life. As Darke’s widow says to him, these objects “make the whole world seem a whole lot smaller, a lot more connected”.

It's endearing and intimate and a must for anyone that feels the pull or connection when by the sea.

The Draw of the Sea 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 . The Draw of the Sea is a meaningful and moving investigation into how we interact with the environment around us, how it comes to shape the course of our lives, and what we have to lose – as individuals and as a society – if we don’t acknowledge its significance.The child in me always desperately wants to find a message in a bottle, a note from another time and place, and every time I find a bottle with the cap still on, my heart leaps, even though I have yet to find one with a letter in it. It should however, come with a warning: it is impossible to read this book and not long for the sea! 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.

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