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Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach [Paperback]

Jean Sprackland
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6 Jun 2013

Strands describes a year's worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid's purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner.

This is a series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool, Strands is about what is lost and buried then discovered, about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, about flotsam and jetsam, about mutability and transformation - about sea-change.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099532433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532439
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compelling . well-contextualised, sharply-observed, clued up, environmentally aware and deeply researched" (Independent)

"With clarity and candour, in the natural voice of a modern storyteller, she tells what she sees at the intersection of herself and whatever is delivered to her by the tide" (The Times)

"Sprackland has a wonderfully curious eye" (Financial Times)

"Simply gorgeous ... One of the finest piece of writing, nature or otherwise, to emerge this year" (Big Issue)

"If a book can have the appeal of a really good long walk, this one does" (Daily Mail)

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Featured on Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2012. This is the ultimate beachcomber's book from a prize-winning poet and natural storyteller. Think Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Year On The Beach 24 Sep 2013
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This recollection of a year on a loving beachcombing experience is set amongst the Ainsdale sands between Liverpool and Blackpool. No doubt the scenario can be interchanged between stretches of beach and sands with landscapes to coasts where an individual is fortunate to have access to. The changes in the location's environments are poetically described with the passage of the seasons. I am fortunate to have the Gower Peninsula at hand. If not, let Jean Sprackland lead you through her tutored and descriptive captivating prose. Delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach 24 Jan 2014
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Jean Sprackland walks on the beach and observes what she finds washed up there, from jellyfish to a Prozac blister pack. Each find sparks off a welcome digression into the life of the object, which she expands upon with her own research. The writing is clear, precise and poetic. A treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable and informative 27 Oct 2013
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I first heard extracts on the radio and found out about her from there. Her poetry is decisive and funny and very stimulating. Her prose is all of those things and this book has so much interesting information. I can not imagine anyone not enjoying her voice and her research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 23 Aug 2013
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This is a book you can lose yourself in, and it makes you want to go out and beachcomb all day.
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