Lost to the Sea

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Author: Lisa Woollett

Category: Earth sciences , Environment , Geography , Planning

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: John Murray

ISBN: 9781529373653

RRP: $49.99

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‘An immersive and lyrically personal journey through deep-time and modern tides’ RAYNOR WINN

‘Wondrous, elegant and haunting, Lost to the Sea is a fascinating alternative history of the fractured, flooded and eroded edges of Britain and Ireland’ PHILIP HOARE

Medieval kingdoms. Notorious pirate towns. Drowned churches. Crocodile-infested swamps.

On a series of coastal walks, Lisa Woollett takes us on an illuminating journey, bringing to life the places where mythology and reality meet at the very edges of Britain and Ireland.

From Bronze Age settlements on the Isles of Scilly and submerged prehistoric forests in Wales, to a Victorian amusement park on the Isle of Wight and castles in the air off County Clare, Lisa draws together archaeology, meetings with locals and tales from folklore to reveal how the sea has forged, shaped and often overwhelmed these landscapes and communities.

Lost to the Sea is an exhilarating voyage around the ever-shifting shores of the British Isles, and a haunting ode to our profound relationship with the sea.

‘A hugely enjoyable mosaic of history, myth and imagination’ SARA WHEELER

‘Beautifully written and researched . . . I was immediately tempted to head out in search of lost lands’ WYL MENMUIR

Praise for Rag and Bone

Absorbing . . . Woollett has a gift for bringing to life the strange borderlands of the foreshore – Observer

Rag and Bone digs deep into the mud of the Thames estuary, and comes up with something compelling and urgent – history told through rubbish. Lisa Woollett is a genuine mudlark, alert and closely attuned to the ways of the intertidal zone. A fascinating book

Mudlark and beachcomber Lisa Woollett journeys into her family’s past, our collective history and our possible futures. Subtle, dark and funny, with flashes of beauty and wonder, Rag and Bone is a compelling meditation on the consumer culture and its consequences

Tracing the remote and recent past – her own, and ours – through watery debris, Lisa Woollett conjures up, in poetic prose and brilliant stories, the spin cycle of history. In Rag and Bone, she elegantly picks her way through the trash, to reveal something gloriously and richly strange: a portrait of what we were and what we might become

If you loved The Salt Path, you’ll love this book. A glorious celebration of where the natural world meets the human (and the messes we make)

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