7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2011
I enjoyed reading Geoff Saunder's book very much. I found it hard to put down, because I got caught up in his energy and enthusiasm. Not only does write very well about each visit he made to all the coastal stations, but he gives lots of interesting local knowledge which accompanied these journeys. If you have ever wondered how we get our weather forecasts or are even mildly curious about the weather stations, you will enjoy this book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2011
'Reports from coastal stations' are a familiar part of the Shipping Forecast. But where exactly are these places, and what do they consist of? Geoff Saunders decided to find out by visiting each one. This turned out not to be straightforward, and took several years; his book is an account of the search. Geoff is evidently a person who can charm his way into even the most secure and heavily guarded places, and conversations with people who operate (or used to operate, before they were displaced by electronics) the stations form an important part of the book. So, too, does the history of weather forecasts for sailors, originally started by Captain Fitzroy, who commanded the Beagle on Darwin's famous voyage. Altogether, this is a fascinating and witty book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2011
This is an excellent little book. If you have laid in bed listening to the shipping forecast on BBC radio and wondered where these weather stations with strange names are and what they do this book explains all. It is a delightful mix of anecdotes from the author's journeys to each station, some history the establishment of the weather stations, details of the actitvities of each station and other observations on life and language in the British Isles. Highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2011
Geoff Saunders' Reports from Coastal Weather Stations is a highly enjoyable tour of those far flung corners of the British Isles familiar only by their occurrence in the BBC Shipping Forecast.
The weather stations themselves are not wildly exciting (especially the unmanned ones) but the journeys to and from them are full of interest and little snippets of information that add up to a fascinating trip.
Very Bill Btyson like and I cannot praise it more highly than that.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2011
A fascinating tale which brings to life those mysterious places on the BBC shipping forecast. A lively journey of dogged determination and curiosity, with present day tales mixed with history, geography and a bit of fokelore.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2011
As one of the 'supporting characters' in this book I read it with highly
critical interest. I found an engaging and chirpy narrative full of
interest, humour and quirky digressions as well as the sharp descriptions of
the weird and wonderful weather stations. And only one inaccuracy: I did
NOT wear a bloody cycle helmet !
If you have any interest in meteorology, things nautical or public
transport - or even if you haven't - you should read it.