Seamanship: A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

Paperback | August 14, 2007

byAdam Nicolson

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From Land's End to Cape Clear, past Roaringwater Bay and Cod's Head, on past Inishvickillane and Inishtooskert, up through the Hebrides, to Orkney and on to the Faeroes stretches the richest and wildest coastline in Europe. Adam Nicolson decided to sail this coast in the Auk, a 42-foot wooden ketch, embarking on a 1,500-mile voyage through what he hoped would be a sequence of revelatory landscapes. He was not disappointed.

Seamanship is more than a travel journal. It describes an inner journey as much as an outer one—disasters and discoveries, powerful landscapes and modern visionaries, and encounters with the animals living on the wild edge of the Atlantic. Above all, it is about the gaps that open up between those who go and those who stay at home.

Seamanship, in the end, is not about the sea. It's about being alive.

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From Land's End to Cape Clear, past Roaringwater Bay and Cod's Head, on past Inishvickillane and Inishtooskert, up through the Hebrides, to Orkney and on to the Faeroes stretches the richest and wildest coastline in Europe. Adam Nicolson decided to sail this coast in the Auk, a 42-foot wooden ketch, embarking on a 1,500-mile voyage thr...

Adam Nicolson is the author of Sea Room and the bestselling New York Times Notable Book God’s Secretaries. He is a winner of the Somerset Maugham and William Heinemann prizes, and he lives with his family at Sissinghurst Castle.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:August 14, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060753447

ISBN - 13:9780060753443

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“A genuinely intriguing, thoughtful work.”