The author was part of the successful campaign to establish a marine reserve in Lyme Bay. The first such protected area in English waters, it has permanently closed sixty square miles of seabed to the scallop-dredgers. This book, based on a talk Morpurgo gave recently, is part memoir, part updated guide to the West Country’s long and continuing relationship with the sea. The Elizabethan Age of Discovery, the crucial part played by the sea in the development of Darwin’s theory, its role in the present-day study of climate: Morpurgo follows the thread which connects all of these and more.
This is an essay in book form, available at independent bookstores throughout the South West of England for £3.50.