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The Draw of the Sea

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I often turn to the sea and nature writing - or perhaps think I do - as a break from people but this left me with a very deep sense of connection to others that I didn't expect, expanding not only my love for the sea but love more generally. And the one thing I’ve noticed is that each of these people sees the sea in a slightly different way. When I was a child, the family would sometimes go to the seaside (New Brighton) on a winter's day and sit in the car watching the waves break on the beach. While, as Menmuir says, “the term wreckers brings to mind false lights and ships lured on to the rocks”, there is little evidence that wrecking was ever this nefarious. The sense of interconnectedness, though, is entrancing, a reminder that in times of separation, the sea connects us to one another.

In thirteen interlinked chapters of beautifully written prose, Wyl Menmuir sets out to investigate what it is that draws us to the water’s edge, portraying the lives of fishermen, surfers, sailors, boatbuilders, free-divers, swimmers and artists. In this beautiful collection of essays the author journeys from place to place, person to person, examining his own relationship with the sea and encountering others who hold a mirror up to his own feelings and experiences. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. ooOooWith credit to Holly Ovenden, the dust-jacket has a touch of gold colouring that follows through to the titling on the spine, all nonchalantly glistening in the change of light.It also brought me right out of another book rut, and therefore as usual, improved my entire mental climate. Starting from his own fascination with the coast – a draw that sees him settle on the south-west coast – The Draw of the Sea follows Wyl as he travels around Cornwall and the Scilly Isles meeting other people whose lives are intimately involved with the sea. Wyl Menmuir’s The Draw of the Sea is a beautifully written and deeply moving portrait of the Cornish Coast and the people who make their livings there, examining the ephemeral but universal pull the sea holds over the human imagination. I loved reading about various people, their livelihoods and the way their lives have been shaped by the sea.

As Darke’s widow says to him, these objects “make the whole world seem a whole lot smaller, a lot more connected”. As unmissable as it is compelling, as profound as it is personal, this must-read book will delight anyone familiar with the intimate and powerful pull which the sea holds over us. The Draw of the Sea is immersive and inviting and filled with people who for all sorts of reasons go to the sea, and reading it will make you want to go with them. This is a definite read because he explores lots of cool surfing coves, beaches, and artists who are located there.Whenever I would listen to a chapter I would be transported into the moment Wyl Menmiur, or the people he met, lived through when they were drawn to the sea. Wyl Menmuir's The Draw of the Sea is a beautifully written and deeply moving portrait of the Cornish Coast and the people who make their livings there, examining the ephemeral but universal pull the sea holds over the human imagination. Across twelve beautifully written interlinked chapters, Menmuir explores the many aspects of our relationship with the sea.

Really enjoyed how much he immersed himself in each chapter and actually took part in/got involved in each thing rather than just writing about it. The Draw of the Sea is a meaningful and moving work into how we interact with the environment around us and how it comes to shape the course of our lives.The book is rooted in a feeling of shared memory and liminal places, the sea being both the watery edgeland we stand at, on the brink, and the imaginary space we look into (or sometimes actually venture into). You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It's grim reading in places, but we do also meet people who are trying to make a difference - and the author admits that there can be a sort of syncronicitous beauty in the bizarre findings from beaches, even in all that plastic.

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