“Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores” A book by Patrick Barkham

Sunset at the coast near Bamburgh Castle, England. Captions and Photo source: ©© Norbert Rupp


“It is often said that Britain is a maritime nation but, writes Patrick Barkham in his new biography of the British shore, we might be more accurately described as “a coastal nation, happiest when looking seaward”.

Examining our enduring love of the seaside, Coastlines addresses themes of childhood, passion, war, industrialism, art and faith, and the ways in which each has coloured perceptions of the shore…”

Read Full Article, “Coastlines review – accessible and poignant,” Guardian UK

Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores, Book Review; Independent UK
Patrick Barkham is interested in the way the coast functions as a place of liberation, deviance, and wildness. As Barkham reminds us, Britons at home are never far from that sound. At 10,800 miles, our shoreline is longer than that of India, and our furthest inland point is only 70 miles from the coast…

Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores, The Book On Amazon
Told through a series of walks beside the sea, this is a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: their rocks, plants and animals, their views, walks and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves…