The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

82%

5 Critic Reviews

We are always drawn back to the sea that links us with our ancestors, across time and space. This is a magnificent book.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

A yearlong adventure through the world’s oceans with Philip Hoare, the award-winning author of The Whale

In colorful prose and lively line drawings, Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea and its islands, birds, and beasts. Starting at his home on the shores of Britain’s Southampton Water and moving in ever widening circles—like the migration patterns of whales—Hoare explores London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

As Hoare brilliantly weaves together literary and natural history, we encounter memorable people as well as the dolphins, whales, and other creatures above and below the water (even one species formerly believed to 
be extinct).

Echoing the fine tradition of W. G. Sebald, but in a voice all Hoare’s own, The Sea Inside is bursting with an endless series of delights and revelations from the ever-changing sea.
 

About Philip Hoare

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Philip Hoare was born and brought up in Southampton. At college in London in 1976, he became involved in the punk movement, returning to Southampton to produce fanzines, manage groups and design album sleeves. After working for Virgin and Rough Trade, he set up his own independent label in Hackney, releasing records by 23 Skidoo and the Pale Fountains, and managed Max, the group formed by Kevin Mooney of Adam & the Ants.
 
Published April 29, 2014 by Melville House. 385 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jan 23 2014

While the author may digress occasionally, readers will relish his writing and devotion to nature and likely won’t begrudge him a bit of family history here and there. A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 03 2014

Hoare's writing awakens the senses with visions, sounds, and smells of the ocean; his delight and interest in nature will encourage readers to look around with new eyes.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Caspar Henderson on May 30 2013

It is a collage of memoir, cultural history and travelogue in which the author makes pilgrimage to ever more distant seas to swim with whales and dolphins. These encounters yield some of the most vivid writing in the book...

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Danny Heitman on May 02 2014

Mr. Hoare's "The Sea Inside" embraces the dangers and mysteries of the natural world and in them finds transcendental awe. Part memoir, part travelogue and part natural history, the book takes the reader around the globe and through time.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Carl Wilkinson on Jun 21 2013

We are always drawn back to the sea that links us with our ancestors, across time and space. This is a magnificent book.

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