The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside

by Philip Hoare


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A yearlong adventure through the world’s oceans with Philip Hoare, the award-winning author of The Whale

In colorful prose and lively line drawings, Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea and its islands, birds, and beasts. Starting at his home on the shores of Britain’s Southampton Water and moving in ever widening circles—like the migration patterns of whales—Hoare explores London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

As Hoare brilliantly weaves together literary and natural history, we encounter memorable people as well as the dolphins, whales, and other creatures above and below the water (even one species formerly believed to 
be extinct).

Echoing the fine tradition of W. G. Sebald, but in a voice all Hoare’s own, The Sea Inside is bursting with an endless series of delights and revelations from the ever-changing sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612193595
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Philip Hoare lives and works in Southampton, England. He is the author of The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, as well as biographies of Noel Coward, Stephen Tennant, and a study of Oscar Wilde. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton; artist in residence at the Marine Institute, Plymouth University; and cocurator of the Moby-Dick Big Read. Follow him on Twitter at @philipwhale.

Table of Contents

1 The suburban sea 1

2 The white sea 63

3 The inland sea 129

4 The azure sea 163

5 The sea of serendipity 197

6 The southern sea 227

7 The wandering sea 279

8 The silent sea 305

9 The sea in me 333

Acknowledgements 341

Text and Image Credits 345

Sources 347

Index 361

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