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Coastlines ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Coastlines Author Patrick Barkham – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Told through a series of walks beside the sea this is 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 hi Told through a series of walks beside the sea this is a story of the most beautiful 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 conuests and smuggler's routes to exotic migratory birds and bucket and spade holidays to tell a profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores.

  • Hardcover
  • 355 pages
  • Coastlines
  • Patrick Barkham
  • English
  • 15 July 2016
  • 9781847088970

About the Author: Patrick Barkham

Patrick Barkham first went butterfly spotting as a child with his father in Norfolk His book The Butterfly Isles documents his search for as many species as possible as an adult.

10 thoughts on “Coastlines

  1. Penny Penny says:

    A great mixture of travel nature and cultural writing with some personal memoir thrown into the mix This seems to be an increasingly popular genre and one I enjoyEnterprise Neptune is a campaign set up by the National Trust in 1965 to buy and 'save' the coastline of England Wales and Northern Ireland from overdevelopment etc Over 700 miles of coastline is now under NT protection meaning that 'private beach' signs are a rare sight and much is accessible to the general public Barkham talks us through the history of the campaign and visits many of the areas saved 'for everyone for ever' How fortunate we are that the NT had the foresight to do thisThe book is divided up into chapters each with a different theme for instance War Art and Faith I found his visit to Orford Ness under the War chapter particularly interesting Growing up in Suffolk I was always aware of the rumours that abound in this area eg a German invasion at Shingle Street and all sorts of weird tales involving UFOs on the Ness Barkham's stay on Orford Ness was truly chillingI loved Barkham's earlier books and my high hopes for this one were realised I found the writing showed a greater maturity than his earlier work which is also reflected in the maturity of Barkham's personal life he is now married with 3 very young children My only complaint is why no photographs?

  2. Paul Paul says:

    In 1965 The National Trust launched Operation Neptune with the sole intention of acuiring as much coast line as possible to save it for the nation It was a success and they now have 742 miles of coast all over England Wales and Northern Ireland This land is to be held for the nation in perpetuity In this book Barkham travels to a number of locations that he has collectively grouped under a variety of coastal themesStarting with childhood the places he has chosen to visit and walk round all have some elements that are linked to the theme He returns to Scolt Head Island a small island of the Norfolk coast a place that he first came to as a child As he looks through rose tinted spectacles at his past and the way we all consider the beaches of our childhoods With other themes such as Art Faith Work and War he zips back and forwards around the UK going from Lyme Regis to Lindisfarne Lands End to the Goodwin Sands and Giants Causeway to Orford Ness He draws out the stories about these points on our coast giving a free voice to those he meetsThe British coastline is an amazing place of contrasts; the collection of places that Barkham has highlighted for this book give a good overall flavour of the variety of habitats and coastal landscapes that the National Trust owns He highlights the challenges that we are facing with erosion and energy needs and the way that we use the coast is changing Orford Ness once used for munitions and Cold War spying has these haunting structures left which the wildlife is slowly claiming once again I do like the books honesty too A visit to the Seven sisters and the spectacular Beachy Head is also used to highlight the tragic events that happen they all too freuentlyIt is stuffed full of facts too I didn’t realise that the length of the coastline is longer than that of India Overall an enjoyable book about the UK coast 35 stars

  3. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    In his third nature book Guardian journalist Patrick Barkham blends science history and biography as he travels sections of the British coast protected through Enterprise Neptune a National Trust campaign celebrating its 50th anniversary this year His structural approach is unconventional neither chronological nor geographical but thematic In sections on childhood war work art and faith he highlights the many practical and metaphorical roles the coast has played in the British story The choices of location often feel arbitrary and the themes are not uite strong enough to pull the book together but Barkham succeeds in evoking the mysterious grandeur of the coastSee my full review on the Hakai Magazine website

  4. Andrew Cox Andrew Cox says:

    Parts of this book were fascinating it is does show the British coast to be mesmerising but I did already know that It is always interesting to read about places I know it was lovely to read about Ronnie Blythe who I have met is very kind generous of spirit a John Clare man However I am not sure that this should detract from the book it did feel a little bit like an advert for the National Trust It was not long ago that I went to both the Farne Isles Lindisfarne Both stunningly beautiful places On Lindisfarne there was a man playing bagpipes which could be heard all over the Island He drove me mad slightly spoilt the experience for me Clearly this was for the Tourists not for the religious or the nature lovers who must have been annoyed too The National TrustBut there were some interesting chapters I liked the eccentric characters portrayed I was aware of RS Thomas before met a few like him After finishing this book I decided to spend a day at Gibralter Point discovered in this book why the NT does not own it enjoying the wildness of the coast Unfortunately there was a huge traffic jam I turned round visited a local nature reserve instead The sea will have to wait for another day

  5. Shatterlings Shatterlings says:

    This is a book about very particular bits of our coastline those owned by the National Trust and some of the chapters are only very loosely about the coast But it’s an interesting read it might help if you’ve been to a few of the places though as usual the areas local to me do not come out particularly well

  6. Sevket Akyildiz Sevket Akyildiz says:

    A very very good book; readable too Patrick Barkham blends the natural environment and individuals with style empathy and intelligence Some of his observations are poetical and profoundRecommended reading for those interested in landscape place people and reflection

  7. Jo Jo says:

    Really interesting although the blurb doesn't mention that it's specifically about National Trust propertiesI need to stop reading these books because they make me want to go visit so many places

  8. Simon Simon says:

    Beautifully written Patrick explores the National Trust areas of the British coastlineEnjoyable descriptions but unfortunately didn't uite go in to enough depth and it reminded me of rushing past a place on a train without the ability to stop and get to know it better

  9. Dan Harding Dan Harding says:

    An evocative lyrical hymn to our shores and our relationship to the sea A wonderfully poetic book

  10. Rae Rae says:

    Social history National Trust Travelogue Literary name dropping I’ve got a hankering for the coast

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