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Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore

book | Non-Fiction | 2015

Told through a series of walks beside the sea, this a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: their rocks, plants and animals, their views, walks and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves. As he travels along coastal paths, visits beaches and explores coves, Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage and weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast - from ancient conquests and smuggler's routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade-holidays - to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores.


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Audio Rights


The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.


One of the genre’s emerging young stars

Jamie Doward
The Guardian

To successfully combine this kind of travel writing and natural history with theories about cultural history requires accessible, rhythmic prose and a genial narrative voice, and, as readers of his previous books, The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands, will know, Barkham has both. His experience as a journalist tells in the tightness of his storytelling, and he has a superb eye for the effective one-liner [...] Coastlines also has straightforward travel information – maps, railway stations, further reading lists – but for all its usefulness, accessibility and geniality, the book is most distinguished by its ambitious, Romantic evocations of the spirit of place [...] By the end of this book, even the most sceptical will be convinced – and unable ever to look at a smutty seaside millinery in the same way again.

Richard Benson
The Independent

A delightful book, one that makes you keen to be out striding along clifftops or crunching across shingle

Michael Kerr
Sunday Telegraph

Barkham writes passionately. [Barkham has ] a rare gift… I was born by the sea and have never felt at ease in a landlocked place. Thanks to this superb book, I now know why

Jon Wright
Geographical Magazine

Barkham’s sense for nature, especially human nature, permeates his book

Theo Leanse
Financial Times

A delight from cover to cover

Trevor Heaton
Norwich Evening News

The power of Patrick Barkham’s third book, Coastlines, comes not from personal history but from his thoughtful voice, combined with a magpie ability to pick out a landscape’s most interesting morsels. A fascinating read

Tom Cox

he engagingly interweaves his impressions with accounts of notable features and reflections on the hard battle to preserve our rich coastal heritage. A likeable as well as informative companion

Harry Mead
Northern Echo

Barkham has provided a tempting introduction to many little-known stretches of our coastline, with helpful instructions on how to get to them [...] He is the right man to salute the preservation of our coast

Peter Lewis
Daily Mail

Striking and inventive… [Coastlines is an] informative, enthusiastic and at times rapturous celebration of our shores

Blake Morrison
The Guardian

Real, proper, close-to-poetry literature… [from the] heralded nature writer. It is an ambitious thing, a hybrid of practical and ethereal. Barkham’s best chapters made me want to drop everything and go there. An intriguing, cerebral guidebook

Melanie Reid
The Times

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