The Frayed Atlantic Edge: A Historian's Journey from Shetland to the Channel (Hardback)
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The Frayed Atlantic Edge: A Historian's Journey from Shetland to the Channel (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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`This is the book that has been wanting to be written for decades: the ragged fringe of Britain as a laboratory for the human spirit' Adam Nicolson

Over the course of a year, leading historian and nature writer David Gange kayaked the weather-ravaged coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland from north to south: every cove, sound, inlet, island.

The idea was to travel slowly and close to the water: in touch with both the natural world and the histories of communities on Atlantic coastlines. The story of his journey is one of staggering adventure, range and beauty. For too long, Gange argues, the significance of coasts has been underestimated, and the potential of small boats as tools to make sense of these histories rarely explored. This book seeks to put that imbalance right.

Paddling alone in sun and storms, among dozens of whales and countless seabirds, Gange and his kayak travelled through a Shetland summer, Scottish winter and Irish spring before reaching Wales and Cornwall. Sitting low in the water, as did millions in eras when coasts were the main arteries of trade and communication, Gange describes, in captivating prose and loving detail, the experiences of kayaking, coastal living and historical discovery.

Drawing on the archives of islands and coastal towns, as well as their vast poetic literatures in many languages, he shows that the neglected histories of these stunning regions are of real importance in understanding both the past and future of the whole archipelago. It is a history of Britain and Ireland like no other.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008225117
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

BBC Countryfile Magazine Book of the Month

`A tour de force' Moya Cannon

`This book is the product of a considerable physical achievement ... A brilliant book, and a major step towards a genuinely radical reimagining of the history of the British Isles.' Scotsman

`The strength of Mr Gange's account is his generosity. His own wry persona never overshadows the voices of past and present inhabitants ... [his] prose is itself poetic and precise ... His enthusiasm for snoozing in soggy sleeping bags is infectious ... A dunking in the freezing sea, off the coast of County Mayo, leaves the author shivering but "ignited, elated". Surfacing from the book, the reader is invigorated, too.' Economist

`An intensely political book ... there is uncomplicated beauty as well as wonderful descriptions' Country Life

`Gange is both extraordinarily intrepid and deeply attentive to all he encounters ... worth attention for its deeper argument as well as its thrilling surface.' Spectator

`[Gange is] physically resourceful, articulate, clear-eyed, informed, attentive to the realities, and crucially at home in all the elements. A book reliant in the end on one key fact: edges are revelatory.' Adam Nicolson, winner of the Wainwright Prize 2018

`This beautifully written and grippingly researched book shows us that our shores are the beginning, not the ending, of things.' Philip Hoare

`Energetic, entertaining and erudite ... Sometimes boisterous, sometimes lyrical but always engaging.' Donald Murray

`A wonderful blend of history and travelogue. Gange is such an attentive, generous writer ... This book feels like a timely reappraisal of how we think about the Atlantic coast, its communities and their languages, its history and its future. It is a perspective-shifting work.' James Macdonald Lockhart

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