The Highest Tide: Rejacketed and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See more of our deals.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Highest Tide Paperback – 27 Mar 2006


See all 19 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£0.01
Paperback, 27 Mar 2006
£0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (27 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582346291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582346298
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,891,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Praise for the novel

‘If you reach the last page without having laughed out loud or felt tears well up… then you may, quite simply, be inhuman’ Independent on Sunday

‘Lyrical, moving, funny and breathtakingly well-written… a great novel which you will want to re-read’ Susan Hill

‘Original and appealing. His love of the ocean is infectious… Even the most hard-hearted readers will finish this book wishing they had their own bay to explore’ Matt Thorne, Sunday Telegraph

‘Poetic yet lean, restrained, lucid and radiant’ The Times

‘Lynch has written a lyrical, lovely novel as luminous and sparkling as the ocean, as well as created an unlikely hero who sees things for what they really are’ Time Out

‘A beautifully written paean to the natural world’ Guardian

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

About the Author

Jim Lynch has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington State native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter. The Highest Tide is his first novel.

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Set against the backdrop of Washington's Puget Sound, The Highest Tide is an exquisite coming of age story of that uses the mysteries of the life aquatic as a backdrop. Miles O'Malley is a special thirteen year old who has a talent for identifying all sorts of strange sea creatures.
Miles is somewhat of a child protégé, a speed reader from an early age, who loves to quote beloved nature writer Rachel Carson, he seems more obsessed with identifying the creatures of the tidal flats outside his home than mucking around with boys his own age. His encyclopedic knowledge of the ocean enables him to collect specimens that he sells to aquariums and to local restaurants in Olympia.
All that changes the summer before his 14th birthday, when Miles hears a strange sound. He soon finds himself face-to-face with a giant squid; a species that doesn't live anywhere near Puget Sound. Almost overnight, he's discovering other rarely seen sea creatures in the tidal flats. Suddenly, the young boy is thrust into the spotlight, quickly hailed by his community as a local hero, perhaps even a prophet.
Lately however, the winds of change have been bothering Miles. His working class parents have been hinting at divorce, His mother feels as though she's stranded in her tiny stilted house with an un-ambitious baseball fanatic who still barhops with is high school pals.
His elderly neighbor and best friend, the psychically inclined Florence, is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, and it's not that he can't imagine losing her, but her growing feebleness fits into the fact that he senses that everything is about to shift beneath him.
Miles notices that the bay itself is seemingly shifting into something else - "a trophy view for people rich enough to build houses on the Sunset Estates.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a novel that's easy reading but still highly intelligent, this is for you. With wholly-believable, three-dimensional characters and a story-line that's both touching and funny, you'll also find yourself fascinated by the descriptions of the weird and wonderful sea-life which forms a major part of this book. The beginning is perhaps a little slow, but stick with it. This is a fine novel that's both memorable and unique.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a story about a 13yr old boy who has an immense love for marine life. Miles lives near Puget Sound and spends his time searching the shore at low tide for oddities to collect and sell onto aquariums. Whilst out one morning, he makes a remarkable discovery - a giant squid. Upon finding this rare creature - and he claims it was still alive when he first came across it - he instantly becomes a local celebrity. His knowledge of the sea astounds reporters, and it is with the above quote that Miles captures the imagination of his community. As he continues to make discoveries, and his fame grows, Miles beins to fear that the world as he is used to it is changing. This is a beautiful coming of age story which uses the sea as a breath-taking backdrop.

There is much more to this book than I have described. It really is a book to escape into. Reading it, it made me want to go off to the sea and explore the world that he so eloquently describes. In fact, I have looked up the works by Miles's role model, Rachel Carson. This is a very well written book. The passion that Miles has for the sea comes across very well, but there are also times of humour and tension. Miles's feelings towards his ex-babysitter are touching, as is the friendship he shares with Florence, an elderly psychic. His relationship with both his mum and dad are also very well observed.

This is a great read. The perfect summer book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Woody woods on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a good book. It's beautifully descriptive with an engaging storyline. I've seen reviews criticising the content in light of world events - but remember this is fiction. This book is a page turner - anyone with an interest in the natural world will share the protagonist's wonder at the things he sees around him, whilst still enjoying an enjoyable yarn. The author conveys thoughts and feelings of a developing young boy faced with the challenges life throws at him.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. M. Lee on 18 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
A wonderfully well written book, with extremely personable characters and great warmth, shining out from page one. The author fantastically intertwines a number of contrasting subjects: from the poignant battle with human deterioration, to the mindset of young teenage boys. Both of which are blended well alongside detailed and poetic descriptions of marine life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be passing it along to my nearest and dearest - and would definitely recommend it to you too!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AHReplies on 8 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this on holiday - by a beach - which may partly explain why I enjoyed it so much as the story is inspired by a boy's love of the ocean. It was immediately engrossing - it brings to mind The Catcher in the Rye in the way that the central character is so well-defined. This book has made me want to go and learn about life on the shore and has also made me dig out an old copy of Catcher to re-read. I bet someone makes a film of this book - I only hope they do it justice.
Fantasitc.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback