The Rubery Book Award
British Book Design & Production Awards
‘The British coastline encapsulated in a treasure trove of a book’ The Guardian
This beautiful and unusual book brings together a year’s wanderings along Britain’s shores with stories of their natural history, geology and evolution — from ancient myth to current science — and the author’ s striking contemporary photography.
Whether paddling through the shallows or crouching on a cliff in a hailstorm, we are taken on a journey of compelling diversions. Against a backdrop of the shifting seasons, weather and tides, we follow the trails of washed-up cuttlebones, by-the-wind sailors and mermaid’s purses. We meet wind-sellers, Selkies and 19th century fossil hunters, and a cast of wondrous creatures, both ancient and modern.
Amongst luminous photographs of seaweed and jellyfish, of gulls wheeling through spume, are stories of barnacle geese growing on trees, the evolution of whales, and Lego dragons lost at sea. Drawings of plankton and shells fill the margins, as we see how a handful of sand or whorl of a fossil nautilus can hold hundreds of millions of years of Earth’s history.
As the threads draw together there is the sense that a walk on the beach, with all its chance finds and everyday wonders, stretches both back into the deep past and ahead into the uncertain future of our oceans. Above all, we are inspired to go out and explore for ourselves, reminded of the pleasures of discovery, and of looking and listening more closely.
‘A charming book, with a beautifully poetic slant. Lets us dip our toes into this world with a renewed appreciation and understanding… the reader left mesmerized and inspired.’
BBC Wildlife Magazine
‘Perfectly captures the spirit of the most beautiful yet fragile wild space we have’
Marine Conservation Society
‘Wonderfully written and photographed… Shines an extraordinary light on the ordinary, studying everything she finds with the intensity of a scientist but the wide-eyed wonder of a child’
Western Morning News
‘Poetic prose and engaging storytelling… photographs so startling they look like paintings. Interesting, inspiring and beautiful.’
Eden Project Magazine
‘Filled with marvels from end to end’
Caspar Henderson, author of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
‘No-one who has ever been awed by the sea, or struck by its beauty, will fail to be thrilled by Lisa Woollett’s wonderful Sea Journal’
Philip Marsden, author of Rising Ground
‘Beautifully photographed, full of delights and born of a deep love for the ocean’
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide