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The Draw of the Sea

The Draw of the Sea

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In this wonderful and beautifully written book, he tells their stories sensitively and engagingly, with great respect. Description Description Wyl Menmuir’s The Draw of the Sea is a beautifully written and deeply moving portrait of the Cornish Coast and the people who make their livings there, examining the ephemeral but universal pull the sea holds over the human imagination. Anyone who enjoys creative non-fiction and nature writing is sure to find much to enjoy in The Draw of the Sea. The stories of these people filled my notebooks and later the pages of The Draw of The Sea, a book that celebrates the many ways in which we are drawn to and held by the oceans that surround us.

The islands of the archipelago were once a single larger island, Ennor, and Menmuir uses the memory of this place to explore the legend of Lyonesse, the Arthurian Atlantis. Wyl’s book, The Draw of The Sea, an exploration of our relationships with the ocean, is released on 5 July.The Draw of the Sea will evoke both the specific and the universal appeal of the sea in the same way that James Rebanks evoked both the specific and the universal in The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District. The portraits that comprise so much of this book, along with Menmuir's personal experiences throughout, draw the reader into a world (or worlds) where nature, in this case the sea, is an integral part of each person's identity. Across 13 chapters, this mix of memoir, travelogue and nature writing engages with the people and communities of coastal Cornwall and Menmuir’s adventures as he explores the draw of the sea. Enjoyable read,”The Draw of the Sea” which is filled with interesting people, places, sea and land creatures, livelihoods, discoveries,facts, memorable moments and various reflections why so many are drawn to the sea.

It is here that Menmuir and his family holiday and Scilly serves as a kind of dream landscape for him, one in which he is more easily able to immerse himself in the maritime world. And the one thing I’ve noticed is that each of these people sees the sea in a slightly different way. I am lucky to have spent much of the last three years spending time with the people who make their lives on and around the seas and coastlines of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and seeing the sea through their eyes. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). And there are few people I’ve met who don’t dream of finding the perfect white sands of a hidden beach on which to let go of the cares of the world.I saw it in the shine in people’s eyes as they talked about their relationships with the sea, in the way so many of them campaign tirelessly for its protection, and in the impassioned pleas from marine biologists that we must act now to save it. Highly recommended if you like the Cornish coast, the sea, or contemplation at a remote shoreline spot. Rather, it is the tradition, largely Cornish, of scouring the beaches for objects of greater or lesser use that are brought in by storms and the great ocean currents. WINNER OF THE HOLYER AN GO AWARD 2023 Wyl Menmuir’s The Draw of the Sea is a beautifully written and deeply moving portrait of the sea and the people whose livelihoods revolve around it, examining the ephemeral but universal pull the sea holds over the human imagination. I love the sea, I am half Cornish and have such good memories of childhoods spent down in Cornwall with my grandparents and my aunt and uncle.

He meets some fabulously interesting people, artists, scientists and passionate hobbyists alike, all of whom offer a different viewpoint about what is so vital to them about the parts of the coastline that host their work or play. I loved reading about various people, their livelihoods and the way their lives have been shaped by the sea. The connection and affinity certain people have for the sea comes through strong and is so beautiful to read about. He has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum.It should however, come with a warning: it is impossible to read this book and not long for the sea!

Menmuir’s evocation of our love-affair with the sea is a sublime work that stands as both a masterpiece of nature writing and a fearless exploration of the collective psyche contemplating its relationship with the Earth. But there is undeniably a thrill to finding something that connects us to our past, or to another part of the world.Freedivers take a huge breath of air before plunging into the depths – they look for the stillest, clearest waters in which to commune with the ocean. A former journalist, Wyl has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and the journal Elementum. Beautifully written and truly unique, The Draw of the Sea is up there with the very best writing on nature and the great outdoors.



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