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Books with a sense of place: mainly about water and the sea

D. Harris
 
Sea Room: An Island Life
Sea Room: An Island Life
"This book is about the past and present of three small Scottish islands.   It's so good you can almost taste the salt and hear the birds."
Coasting (Picador Travel Classics)
Coasting (Picador Travel Classics)
"Sailing alone around Britain.  Wonderful.  Out there, on the sea, listening to the Shipping Forecast."
Old Glory (Picador Books)
Old Glory (Picador Books)
"And down the Missisippi.  I heard this on radio 4 while revising for my A levels in 1986."
Sailing Alone Around the World
Sailing Alone Around the World
"The title says it all.  Also once on Radio 4."
The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Great Britain
The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Great Britain
"I think that the coast of Britain is a watery enough concept to qualify.  Shame he misses out some of the best bits though"
All the Devils are Here
All the Devils are Here
"A book about Kent qualifies too, obviously (see previous).  What a book!  I hope he writes some more soon."
Stargazing: Memoirs of a Lighthouse Keeper
Stargazing: Memoirs of a Lighthouse Keeper
"I always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper."
Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain
Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain
"Mentions my favourite pool - the Oasis in Camden.  A public open air pool right in the middle of London!"
Coast Road: 3,000 Miles at the Edge of England
Coast Road: 3,000 Miles at the Edge of England
"Good.  A shame though that (like Paul Theroux) he misses out the Wirral, the best bit of the British coast!"
Journey Through Britain: Landscape, People and Books
Journey Through Britain: Landscape, People and Books
"OK, not really about the coast or the sea."
Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast
Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast
"Another one from Radio 4!"
Coast: A Celebration of Britain's Coastal Heritage
Coast: A Celebration of Britain's Coastal Heritage
"The name says it all"
Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey
Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey
"I know Oxford's about as far from the coast as you can get in England - but still..."
Downstream: Across England in a Punt
Downstream: Across England in a Punt
"Down the Trent by punt and bicycle -  a bit meandery, and very satisfying"
To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
Edgelands: Journeys into England's True Wilderness
Edgelands: Journeys into England's True Wilderness
The A303: Highway to the Sun
The A303: Highway to the Sun
"Lovely companion to "Downstream""