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Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men

Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men

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By (author) Horatio Clare

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  • Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 224mm x 28mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0701183101
  • ISBN 13: 9780701183103
  • Sales rank: 77,023

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For millennia, the seaways have carried our goods, cultures and ideas, the terrors of war and the bounties of peace - and they have never been busier than they are today. But though our normality depends on shipping, it is a world which passes largely unconsidered, unseen and unrecorded. Out of sight, in every lonely corner of every sea, through every night, every day, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These ordinary men (and they are mostly men) live extraordinary lives, subject to pressures we know - families, relationships, dreams and fears - and to dangers and difficulties we can only imagine, from hurricanes and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships, travelling in the company of their crews and captains. Together they experience unforgettable journeys: the first, from East to West (Felixstowe to Los Angeles, via Suez) is rich with Mediterranean history, torn with typhoon nights and gilded with an unearthly Pacific peace; the second northerly passage, from Antwerp to Montreal, reeks of diesel, wuthers with gales and goes to frozen regions of the North Atlantic, in deep winter, where the sea itself seems haunted. In Clare's vibrant prose a modern industry does battle with implacable forces, as the ships cross seas of history and incident, while seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, telling their tales and yarns. A beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects, and a fascinating study of big business afloat, Down to the Sea in Ships is a moving tribute to those who live and work on the great waters, far from land.

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Horatio Clare is the bestselling author of two memoirs, Running for the Hills (Somerset Maugham Award) and Truant; the travel book A Single Swallow - which follows the birds' migration from South Africa to the UK - and a novella, The Prince's Pen, the retelling of a Mabinogion tale. An award-winning journalist, occasional teacher, former radio producer, sporadic broadcaster and Fellow in creative writing at the University of Liverpool, Horatio writes regularly on nature for the Daily Telegraph and on travel for various international publications. He and his family are currently migrating from Northern Italy to the West Pennines. For the weather.

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"Stupendous and extraordinarily exciting... What Clare demonstrates, even beyond his undoubted gifts as writer, is his basic humanity. I read his wonderful book with gratitude for his insight - but also with increased admiration for the men to whom we owe almost everything in our comfortable and secure lives" -- Philip Hoare Times Higher Education "Rich and dense, full of old sea-dog stories, with barely a word wasted, it's a triumph of quiet artistry" -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail "This is a warm and lyrical book about a tough trade in tough times" -- Sara Wheeler Observer "Wonderful... Clare's writing is fluid, light and eminently readable, but perhaps his greatest asset is his empathy" -- Philip Hoare Sunday Telegraph "A lyrical, heartfelt but eye-opening chronicle... Both romantic and realistic, written from the heart but crafted with a seafarer's "passionate precision", [Clare's] book will steer you into the new year on a course that may deepen your grasp both of that world, and of ourselves" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent