Gordon Marsden

Give Us a Wave

Channel Shore: From the White Cliffs to Land’s End

By

Simon & Schuster 431pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

‘Behold, the sea itself/And on its limitless, heaving breasts, the ships’. Anyone who knows the stirring music that breaks over Walt Whitman’s words at the start of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony will find the same salty exuberance in the pages of Tom Fort’s new book, charting his east to west coastal journey.

Watery excursions occupy an honoured place in the English literary canon. In Fort’s case it’s not so much Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat as one man on a bicycle. What the reader gets from this odyssey is a mixture of reportage, personal reminiscences about family holidays past and pertinent reflections on how the Channel coastline

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'One of the best aspects of Kaufmann’s book is its optimism' Here's @BurlM11's review of @epkaufm's Whiteshift. ,
    • Whom did Picasso label a 'bristly pig'? Read Rosalind P Blakesley's review of The Collector by Natalya Semenova to… ,
    • Alexandra Gajda on Anna Beer's new biography, Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh ,
    • Mark Lawson reviews @jonathancoe's Middle England - The Rotters' Club for our Brexit age. ,
    • 'Behind every book that is published lies ... a haunted landscape, populated by the ghosts of things written and ex… ,
    • 'We once more live in a great age of dragon invention' Here's Tom Shippey on Martin Arnold's The Dragon ,
    • RT : Man at the q&a part of the book panel: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't s… ,