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The Draw of the Sea

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Welcome to Halfman, Halfbook for my stop on the Blog Tour for The Draw Of The Sea by Wyl Menmuir and published by Aurum.

Light and wonder illuminate the pages of this magical book, a fitting tribute to the m We’ll be showing you how to draw a summer shark ready for a pool party, complete with a funny flamingo floaty! Alex Preston, The Guardian 'The best compliment I can pay The Draw of the Sea is that the moment I finished it I signed up for lessons with the local sailing club. It feeds us, sustaining communities and providing livelihood, but it also holds immense destructive power that threatens to destroy all we have created. The cover design and endpapers are exquisite and the glossary of sea words is full of salty delight.

There’s a wonderful story of the traditional method of hunting conger eels in Scilly – you suspend a small boy in front of the hole in which they live, wait for the eel to wrap itself around him and then pull the boy up. So interesting to hear all different perspectives of the various people and their connections to the sea. It's an occasional and wonderful delight when a friend pops up in a book like this - Cornwall can be a small world! Only the highest of praise goes out to the author and publishers for taking us on this fantastic journey of discovery.

Highly recommended if you like the Cornish coast, the sea, or contemplation at a remote shoreline spot. With each encounter, both author and readers come away with a little more of that answer to the question- what drives us to seek out the ocean?Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan Republic, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Comoros, Cook Islands, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, French Polynesia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Congo, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (U. Wyl Menmuir explores the different ways in which people can be drawn to the sea, content to leave it a mystery why they are drawn – and perhaps the mystery is the point. As unmissable as it is compelling, as profound as it is personal, this must-have book will delight anyone familiar with the intimate and powerful pull which the sea holds over us. The Draw of the Sea’ explores communities whose lives revolve around the coasts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. To read The Draw of the Sea is not unlike staring out at the water for some time; it works upon you gradually, leaving you, at last, with a feeling of reverence and awe at all you have witnessed.

This book also serves as a strong reminder of why we need to take action to protect our oceans and seas before it is too late, managing to do so in a serious but not completely hopeless way. Folk memories, maritime history, the contribution of the sea to mental health and recovery from trauma and illness all feature.In this beautifully written meditation on what it is that draws us to the waters' edge, author Wyl Menmuir tells the stories of the people whose lives revolve around the sea in the Cornish community where he lives. The author understands this relationship implicitly, and admits to a fear of the sea, but fear and attraction often overlap. Portobello Book Blog is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without its permission.

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