Author(s): Philip Hoare
A startling new book, his most personal to date, from Philip Hoare, winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for 'Leviathan'. The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives, we barely notice it. In 'The Sea Inside', Philip Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts. He begins on the south coast where he grew up, a place of almost monastic escape. From there he travels to the other side of the world - the Azores, Sri Lanka, New Zealand - in search of encounters with animals and people. Navigating between human and natural history, he asks what these stories mean for us now. Along the way we meet an amazing cast; from scientists to tattooed warriors; from ravens to whales and bizarre creatures that may, or may not, be extinct. Part memoir, part fantastical travelogue, 'The Sea Inside' takes us on an astounding journey of discovery.
From the reviews of 'Leviathan': 'A classic. So compelling it cast a spell on me that endured for days' Observer 'Hoare's unbridled enthusiasm for his subject is infectious ... this thoroughly engaging and often revelatory book is a joy to read and one which Melville, surely, would have appreciated' Independent on Sunday 'An elegant writer with a sharp eye for quirky detail ... A lyrical and timely reminder of what we have to lose if we don't change our greedy ways' Mail on Sunday 'In Hoare's hands, whales are almost limitlessly strange and interesting' Sunday Times 'As well as descriptive prose of great beauty, 'Leviathan' is full of fascinating facts' Guardian
Philip Hoare's is the author of several books, including 'Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant'; 'Noel Coward'; 'Oscar Wilde's Last Stand'; 'Spike Island'; 'England's Lost Eden'; and 'Leviathan, or, The Whale', winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He lives in Southampton.