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Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast

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By (author) Charlie Connelly

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 30mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0316724742
  • ISBN 13: 9780316724746
  • Illustrations note: 1 map

Product description

The solemn, rhythmic intonation of the shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Since its first broadcast in the 1920s it has inspired poems, songs and novels in addition to its intended objective of warning generations of seafarers of impending storms and gales. Sitting at home listening to the shipping forecast can be a cosily reassuring experience. There's no danger of a westerly gale eight, veering southwesterly increasing nine later (visibility poor) gusting through your average suburban living room, blowing the Sunday papers all over the place and startling the cat. Yet familiar though the sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. In ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING Charlie Connelly wittily explores the places behind the voice, those mysterious regions whose names seem often to bear no relation to conventional geography. Armchair travel will never be the same again.

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Author information

Freelance writer and Charlton FC supporter, Charlie Connelly has already proved his quirky credentials by writing a very funny book about Liechtenstein, and this book will delight his growing readership.

Review quote

'If there was a campaign for Real Football, Charlie Connelly would be its first president' - Independent on Sunday

Editorial reviews

What most impresses about Charlie Connelly's travel book is not the originality of the idea (a journey around the shipping forecast regions), the fluent descriptions or the cleverly organised structure. Rather it is the author himself who delights. Self-depreciating at every turn, Connelly's character drenches the language with humanity and humour. The author (a well-heeled travel and sports writer) sees beyond the lighthouses, the craggy rocks and the many pubs and historical monuments and instead ponders how it is that small island communities have a spirit that is stronger than the 250,000 bottles of whiskey washed up on the isle of Eriskay in 1941. The humour (frequent and never contrived) is laugh out loud funny and this reader will never view Norway or the Isle of Wight in quite the same way. (Kirkus UK)