Item advertised as new. However the item had been previously sold and the owner had cut the price details from the cover leaving it disfigured. Item was priced cheaply so I accepted it. But it was not as described so disappointed.
This quirky book is ideal for all those who delight in the mysterious names of the shipping forecast. The author visited every one of the shipping areas and gives atmospheric comments on each one. He also painted them with delightful watercolours. In addition 75p of the cost of the book is given to the RNLI. He calls the book 'an indulgence' but it is informative, entertaining, and particularly, for those prone to seasickness, a good substitute to visiting the places for ourselves!
I fully agree with all the reviews gone before. This is a superb book and I must say acts as a companion to Charlie Connelly's excellent "Attention all Shipping" which also brings vividly to life, all the areas of the shipping broadcast. Most of us are tucked up at night waiting for Ronald Binge's "Sailing By" music followed by the shipping forecast before we can safely sleep. I'm sure I am not the only one who thinks, during the reading, of sailors out there on the high seas and at the mercy of the weather. I also can visualise during the reading how it might have been for ships over many centuries on the high seas and those that perished in shipwrecks on the rocks around the UK and Ireland. With this book and Charlie Connelly's book, we can all now visit the areas. Tempting to have this book on one's lap whilst listening to the shipping broadcast!
Main paintings capture light and water, delicate sketches, some fascinating information delivered with humour ... but most of all, I could hear again the voice of the shipping forecast as I, too, sat comfortably to listen with mother back in the fifties. Thank you, Peter Collyer: lovely idea, brilliantly executed!
This book is all about the Radio 4 Shipping Forecast, but if it sounds dull, it's not. The author visits the areas concerned, and accompanied by paintings of the area, it'll make you listen to the Shipping Forecast again!
Please do not be put off by the title, this is a travel book that makes you feel you have visited the places described. Although it is beautifully illustrated, this book's strength is it's text. I read it in one sitting and I was completely lost. You will listen to the shipping forecast with new ears!