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The Draw of the Sea

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In this mesmerising collection of short sketches; Menmuir explores the lives and stories of people's different experiences of the sea, including his own. My own love of the sea, and the Cornish coast in particular, is deepened by seeing it through the eyes of so many others.

We take pride in offering a wide selection of used books, from classics to hidden gems, ensuring there’s something for every literary palate. First, living on the West coast in Washington state next to the Pacific Ocean and now living in Florida next to the Gulf of Mexico. View image in fullscreen One of Wyl Menmuir’s photographs, of Pedn Vounder beach in Cornwall, from The Draw of the Sea.Diving deep into a largely unknown territory as ancient as Deep Time itself, he emerges with stories of grief and mermaids, of ghost-plastic and hard-won wisdom, of harpoons and treasure and longing and precarity and the eternal quest for meaning: gifts that evoke both the richness and the strangeness of a precious world within a precious world. The author understands this relationship implicitly, and admits to a fear of the sea, but fear and attraction often overlap.

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. There’s a wonderful story of the traditional method of hunting conger eels in Scilly – you suspend a small boy in front of the hole in which they live, wait for the eel to wrap itself around him and then pull the boy up. Description Description 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.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. It also brought me right out of another book rut, and therefore as usual, improved my entire mental climate. 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. This book 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 .

Through the experiences of those people who fully embrace the romance and adventure that seaside living provides, Wyl Menmuir explores our profound connection to the most powerful of natural forces. As well as the urgency to protect our oceans, I felt a deep sense of peace while reading this and I sat and questioned what I like about the coast and the ocean. The book’s first chapter draws on the work of the Cornish playwright Nick Darke, whose final film was a documentary charting the history of Cornish wreckers.The extract I have for you is about the things you can find when beachcombing – sadly too much plastic but sometimes intriguing treasures. The Draw of the Sea focuses its attention on the southwest peninsula and the coastlines of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He describes the feeling he gets by the sea as akin to “what I imagine the cathedral builders sought to achieve when they lifted the clerestories to the sky, creating a huge space to inspire awe and to humble, to lift the heart, a space filled with light and wonder”. When Wyl Menmuir and his wife move to the Cornish coast to deal with their grief following a family tragedy, he discovers a diverse community of people united by their love for and connection with the sea.

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