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The Draw of the Sea

The Draw of the Sea

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These portraits of people who are married to the ocean tell us much about ourselves but there is only one star in this book - the sea itself - magnificent, untamed, mysterious, often generous, sometimes deadly but always connecting us with distant shorelines and ultimately each other. It feeds us, sustaining communities and providing livelihoods, but it also holds immense destructive power which can take all those away in an instant.

Here we dip into the lives of beachcombers, surfers, free-divers, shell-seekers, artists, wildlife-watchers and more, whose obsessions bring them into a daily embrace with depths that can be beautiful and dangerous in equal measure. They are often eccentric, always passionate, sometimes otherwise ordinary people made fascinating by their connection with the water. On a recent trip to Charmouth in Dorset, I watched people with picks and shovels, digging away at the cliffs in the hope of unearthing plesiosaur bones. The connection and affinity certain people have for the sea comes through strong and is so beautiful to read about. Wyl Menmuir’s The Draw of the Sea is a book about the fishermen, surfers, swimmers, beachcombers, conservationists, sailors and boatbuilders who make their living on the Cornish Coast.

This is exactly my kind of non-fiction - a personal account of the natural world starting from a narrow focal point and widening out to everything it touches. The chapters are short, focussing on the different ways the sea can be approached, understood or enjoyed and woven into it are Menmuir's own memories, beginning with a life far from the shore and then describing all the facets of his relationship with it now - including resorting there for healing and calm, surely one of the most common reasons for walking the beach or living near the sea. While I would recommend this to most readers who enjoy creative nonfiction, I would highly recommend it to people who have spent any significant time living near the water.

In The Draw of the Sea, Wyl Menmuir investigates just that - the invisible force that pulls some of us to the coast, whether to simply gaze in awe at the vastness of the ocean or to fully immerse ourselves in its watery depths, to dive in, to swim, surf or sail. He also draws attention to the damage being done to wildlife and ecosystems by modernity in general or, sometimes, simply by foolish individuals; to the unimaginable quantities of plastics polluting the seas, the oil spills, overfishing and sheer thoughtlessness of humanity. When I was a child, the family would sometimes go to the seaside (New Brighton) on a winter's day and sit in the car watching the waves break on the beach. I have always been drawn to the sea, whether spending time at the beach watching the waves gently lap the sand or being in awe at the power of a storm crashing into the rocks.

Wyl Menmuir’s first full-length non-fiction book, The Draw of the Sea, offers a lyrical meditation on the human fascination with our oceans. As Darke’s widow says to him, these objects “make the whole world seem a whole lot smaller, a lot more connected”.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In this mesmerising collection of short sketches; Menmuir explores the lives and stories of people's different experiences of the sea, including his own. Each project starts with a few basic outlines and progresses into a finished tonal drawing; a final coloured version shows you how to develop your drawing even further. I really enjoyed this beautifully written book, which covers many aspects of living by and with the sea.I absolutely loved the authors style of writing not only do you feel like your learning so much in a fun way but I felt like I was experiencing them aswell. As I made my way west along the beach from the lobster pot, I set about making my usual internal bargain.

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