The Sea is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides (Hardback)Adam Nicolson (author)
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The author of The Seabird’s Cry pays eloquent tribute to the intertidal wonders of the sea in this lovingly written and exhaustively researched volume about the creatures that live beneath the waves.
Few places are as familiar as the shore - and few as full of mystery and surprise.
How do sandhoppers inherit an inbuilt compass from their parents? How do crabs understand the tides? How can the death of one winkle guarantee the lives of its companions? What does a prawn know?
In The Sea is Not Made of Water, Adam Nicolson explores the natural wonders of the intertidal and our long human relationship with it. The physics of the seas, the biology of anemone and limpet, the long history of the earth, and the stories we tell of those who have lived here: all interconnect in this zone where the philosopher, scientist and poet can meet and find meaning.
In this blend of fascinating, surprising ecology and luminous human history, Adam Nicolson gives an invitation to the shoreline. Anyone who chooses can look beyond their own reflection and find the marvellous there, waiting an inch beneath their nose.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 37 mm
'Miraculous ... Effortlessly, in deft, sure and delightful prose, he segues through species, science and art to present tidal nature as a microcosm. The result is an utterly fascinating glimpse of a watery world we only thought we knew' - Philip Hoare
'His talents are supremely on display ... The result is a subversive, disconcerting triumph; a wondering, wonderful thing' - Charles Foster
'If you like to gorge on words and ideas you could hardly hope for a finer feast than this. Nicolson serves up the nature and science of the seashore with a side order of human history and legend, seasoned beautifully with philosophical insight and a pinch of autobiography' - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
'Adam Nicolson takes the margins between land and water, poetry and biology, and creates a beautiful, powerful story of how we understand the unfolding change of the shore. This is a remarkable and powerful book, the rarest of things, both a call-to-arms and a call-to-pause and truly look. Nicolson is unique as a writer, happy soaked to the skin on the shoreline and happy unweaving skeins of philosophy. I loved it' - Edmund de Waal
'Pure joy. From the ecology of a sandhopper to the cosmic pull of the tides Adam Nicolson takes us paddling into the pools of our own nature, to places where boundaries are restlessly shifting and balance exists between tension and flow - a dazzling, kaleidoscopic exploration into the meaning of life itself' - Isabella Tree
'A fascinating guide to all things littoral: a natural history of the rockpool that teems with life ... Endlessly interesting, its wonders unfurl, fractal-like, the more closely you examine it' - Cal Flyn
'The man who finds wonder in a winkle ... Remarkable ... In Nicolson's hands the intertidal zone is shown to be rich and revelatory ... It is as lyrical, learned and rambunctiously eccentric as his previous work ... For a book so focused on non-human life, it is luminously humane' - The Times
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