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Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town (Hardback)
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Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 02/04/2020
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Beautifully lyrical and profound, Dark, Salt, Clear is a meditation on the soul of a place in the face of globalisation. Lamorna Ash explores her two-fold relationship with the Cornish coast, consisting of her memories of the picturesque, fairy-tale like place of her childhood holidays, and the very different reality she faces when relocating to the remote fishing village of Newlyn from London. A celebration of community, perseverance and the sense of belonging, Dark, Salt, Clear announces the arrival of a striking new voice in non-fiction.

 A captivating, lyrical and deeply discerning portrait of life in the Cornish town of Newlyn, the largest working fishing port in Britain, from a brilliant debut writer.

There is the Cornwall Lamorna Ash knew as a child - the idyllic, folklore-rich place where she spent her summer holidays. Then there is the Cornwall she discovers when, feeling increasingly dislocated in London, she moves to Newlyn, a fishing town near Land's End. This Cornwall is messier and harder; it doesn't seem like a place that would welcome strangers. Before long, however, Lamorna finds herself on a week-long trawler trip with a crew of local fishermen, afforded a rare glimpse into their world, their warmth and their humour. Out on the water, miles from the coast, she learns how fishing requires you to confront who you are and what it is that tethers you to the land. But she also realises that this proud and compassionate community, sustained and defined by the sea for centuries, is under threat, living in the lengthening shadow cast by globalisation.

An evocative journey of personal discovery replete with the poetry and deep history of our fishing communities, Dark, Salt, Clear confirms Lamorna Ash as a strikingly original new voice.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526600011
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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A bracing account of discovery ... Part coming-of-age memoir, part anthropological study, Dark, Salt, Clear glistens with deftly told snippets and character-rich stories ... Cornwall's harbourside cottages and ragged cliffs may look picturesque, but they hide an unsettling "anger and insularity", she argues. With graceful lyricism and endearing humility, Ash gives this rage both voice and face -- Oliver Balch * Financial Times *
Terrific ... A hugely moving but unsentimental account of not only today's fishermen but also a salty, grafting, real-life England too rarely depicted in literature ... It is well-timed, feels rather important, and has excellent tips on the filleting of fish. What more could you want? -- Richard Benson * Mail on Sunday *
One of Spring's most hotly anticipated titles -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
Lamorna Ash is a beautiful prose stylist - precise, perceptive, humane and sensitive - who somehow manages to write in a way that is both earthy and poetic. Her debut book - full of fish and blood and salt and oilskins - marks the birth of a new star of non-fiction -- William Dalrymple
With the heart of a novelist and the clarity of an ethnographer, Lamorna Ash reveals the Cornish fishing community of Newlyn in all its tension and hardship and wild joy. Dark, Salt, Clear is a book of deep immersion and a stunning debut -- Philip Marsden
Lamorna Ash evokes the vigour and complexity of the country's westernmost fishing port with a love only a granite heart could resist. As Cornwall's fishing and farming communities hold their breath to see whether leaving the EU will save or savage them, Dark, Salt, Clear arrives at the perfect time and should be cherished by natives, incomers and emmets alike -- Patrick Gale
Lamorna writes with a maturity and wisdom that betrays her years and which took me to the very heart of Newlyn while questioning my sense of belonging ... Dark Salt, Clear is a captivating homage to Newlyn and its people -- Lara Maiklem
Lamorna Ash's beautiful debut is a seductive, vivid reading experience. A portrait of the life and unique character of a community, it is also an exploration of the spaces around a person, that make up the person - a young woman's search for her own identity and her self. You'll love her characters, because they've been written with love, and that makes them live on the page -- Barney Norris

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“Road to Newlyn pier”

In the 1930s, George Orwell investigated the lives of the poor voiceless industrial workers and their families and published the awful results in "Road to Wigan Pier". Lamorna Ash in the curiously titled... More

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“A new look at Newlyn”

With a name like Lamorna (and then later to discover her mother’s name is Zelah) it must be destiny that this author’s first book is about Cornwall. She has chosen to write about Newlyn, a town that lacks all the... More

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“Dark, Salt, Clear”

The author returns to the scene of her childhood holidays, Newlyn near Land’s End , the largest fishing port in England & at one time in the 1960’s the busiest fishing port in the whole of the UK .Fed up with life... More

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