Channel Shore: From the White Cliffs to Land’s End by Tom Fort

bookshelves: spring-2015, britain-england, autobiography-memoir, nonfiction, published-2015, radio-4

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from May 19 to 29, 2015

Description: Tom Fort’s maritime journey, abridged by Katrin Williams, takes us from the White Cliffs to Lands’ End. About 675 miles in all..

1. Where exactly do the North Sea and the English Channel merge,
and what did Noel Coward get up to at St. Margaret’s?

2. Wandering the ‘shabby end’ of the Royal Parade in Eastbourne, which
houses the fishing fleet, the author is reminded of his own fishing exploits.
This involved prawn – hunting..

3. Once upon a time on Cogden Beach near Chesil, ‘a mermaid was thrown up by the sea, thirteen feet long’.

4. At Slapton Ley there are musings on Pallas sand grouse, ship-wrecks,
and ‘Cornish sardines’ – whose numbers turned the water black from
Lands’ End to Bigbury bay.

5. The Looes. Then Lizard Point. Then Land’s End, where a cream tea is enjoyed, but the place itself?

Reader Jonathan Coy


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