This Luminous Coast: Walking England's Eastern Edge by Jules PrettyThis Luminous Coast: Walking England's Eastern Edge by Jules Pretty

This Luminous Coast: Walking England's Eastern Edge

byJules Pretty

Paperback | October 17, 2014

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Over the course of a year, Jules Pretty walked along the shoreline of East Anglia in southeastern England, eventually exploring four hundred miles on foot (and another hundred miles by boat). It is a coast and a culture that is about to be lost?not yet, perhaps, but soon?to rising tides and industrial sprawl. This Luminous Coast takes the reader with him on his journey over land and water; over sea walls of dried grass, beside stretched fields of golden crops, alongside white sails gliding across the intricate lacework of invisible creeks and estuaries, under vast skies that are home to curlews and redshanks and the outpourings of skylarks.East Anglia's coastline is as much a human landscape as it is a natural one, and Pretty is equally perceptive about the region's cultural heritage and its "industrial wild": fishing villages and the modern seaside resorts, family farms and oil refineries, pleasure piers and concrete seawalls, cozy pubs and military installations. Through words and photographs, Pretty interweaves stories of the land and sea with people past and present. He is a passionate and sensitive guide to a region in transition, under stress, and perhaps even doomed, as finely attuned to its history as he is to its unique sensory world.

Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. He is the author of many books,including The Edge of Extinction and This Luminous Coast, both from Comstock Publishing Associates, and The Earth Only Endures. He is coeditor most recently of Green Exercise.
Title:This Luminous Coast: Walking England's Eastern EdgeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.63 × 6.25 × 0.27 inShipping dimensions:8.63 × 6.25 × 0.27 inPublished:October 17, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801456517

ISBN - 13:9780801456510


Table of Contents

Preface: A Year on the Coast
1. There Be Monsters
2. The Great Tide
3. Down by the Sea
4. Food & Fowl
5. Wild Archipelago
6. Wild by Industrial
7. Artery &Estuary
8. Strongholds
9. Shingle Shore
10. Erosion & Memory
11. Barrier Coast
12. Mud Cliff & Marsh
13. SandhillsCoda

Editorial Reviews

"This Luminous Coast is part travel guide, part memoir, part meditation, part elegy. Although it is occasioned by a sense of urgency, it never preaches; nor does the author claim any privileged knowledge, despite the wealth of information that he discreetly imparts. It doesn't demand our response, or even insist that we follow up the author's findings. However, if we let it do its work, we will be subtly changed." - Times Higher Education Supplement