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The Draw of the Sea

The Draw of the Sea

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Wyl Menmuir dives deep into a world of sea-souls - swimmers and surfers and sailors, birders, beachcombers and rowers - and with meditative charm addresses that perennial, unanswerable question: what makes us so oblivious to danger and discomfort and pulls us again and again to the water?

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. No one from Visit Cornwall will rent, sell or lease this personally identifiable information to other companies or individuals. Where you often drift off, not because it's not engaging but because they make your mind wander, and remember, and dream and I don't really know where I'm going with this. He intercuts his own story – he moved to Cornwall in 2013 and he and his family now live a watery existence, swimming, surfing, rockpooling and beachcombing – with a broader consideration of the lives of a motley collection of seafarers.

Set in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the book is split into 13 different chapters, or short stories told by the author about a different aspect of the sea and coastal life. But what is less common is the sea as told through the eyes of people who work with it, play in it; live their lives in the unassuming everyday of the coastal off-season, barely brushing shoulders with the tourists seeking out shots for the 'gram.

In the specifics of these livelihoods and their rich histories and traditions, he captures the universality of humankind’s connection to the sea. Surfers sit low in the water on submerged boards and look for that longed-for ‘bump’ on the horizon that signals an incoming set of waves. Andrew Watts, The Spectator ‘Much more interesting than simply another bound-beating book about Cornwall. Elsewhere, we learn that barnacles have a “lucky dip penis” up to eight times the length of their body. As the title says it's about the draw, the hold the sea has many people and how their lives are defined by it.As a species, although our behaviours have an impact on every ecosystem on Earth, we humans are able to inhabit just 5 per cent of those ecosystems. The Draw of the Sea focuses its attention on the southwest peninsula and the coastlines of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. In this wonderful and beautifully written book, he tells their stories sensitively and engagingly, with great respect.

The connection and affinity certain people have for the sea comes through strong and is so beautiful to read about. Adam Farrer, author of Cold Fish Soup 'A beautiful, wise and charming book’ Charlie Carroll, author of The Lip 'Roger Deakin would have been proud to have written it himself. It's endearing and intimate and a must for anyone that feels the pull or connection when by the sea. In 2011, his first child was stillborn and he went with his wife down to the wild north coast of the county to escape.Wyl Menmuir’s The Draw of the Sea is a book about the fishermen, surfers, swimmers, beachcombers, conservationists, sailors and boatbuilders who make their living on the Cornish Coast. Most fascinating was his walk with Lisa Woollett who has become a collector of the random items that wash up on the seashore and Tracey Williams who has a thing about finding the Lego pieces that wash up from a container that was lost at sea many years ago. In exploring what the sea means to us, and allowing us to hear from those who who work with it, live by it, enjoy it, struggle with it or seek to preserve it, Menmuir presents a wonderful variety of voices and of experiences. The author understands this relationship implicitly, and admits to a fear of the sea, but fear and attraction often overlap. 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”.

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