RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR (Hardback)
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RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 13/07/2017

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From the author of Leviathan, or, The Whale and The Sea Inside, comes a composite portrait of the subtle, beautiful, inspired and demented ways in which we have come to terms with our watery planet.

I rode off into a new landscape. Time had sped up; geological change happened overnight. New streams had been formed and new islands created in the flood. Reluctant to let me go, the waves lashed me as I passed.

In the third of his watery books, the author goes in pursuit of human and animal stories of the sea. Of people enchanted or driven to despair by the water, accompanied by whales and birds and seals – familiar spirits swimming and flying with the author on his meandering odyssey from suburbia into the unknown.

Along the way, he encounters drowned poets and eccentric artists, modernist writers and era-defining performers, wild utopians and national heroes – famous or infamous, they are all surprisingly, and sometimes fatally, linked to the sea.

Out of the storm-clouds of the twenty-first century and our restive time, these stories reach back into the past and forward into the future. This is a shape-shifting world that has never been certain, caught between the natural and unnatural, where the state between human and animal is blurred. Time, space, gender and species become as fluid as the sea.

Here humans challenge their land-bound lives through art or words or performance or myth, through the animal and the elemental. And here they are forever drawn back to the water, forever lost and found on the infinite sea.

'Rich and strange from the tip of its title to its deep-sunk bones' - Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008133665
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 37 mm

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“Interesting but falls short”

Philip Hoare is often ambitious in his writing, but this particular collection doesn't quite fulfill its ambition. Using human and animal interactions with water as his starting point, Hoare weaves a loose... More

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“Gorgeous, ethereal, and wise”

This is a very special book. Its author is erudite, wise, extraordinary, and ordinary. I have given copies as gifts to several friends. It’s an unconventional book loosely themed around fascination with and love of... More

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