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The Draw of the Sea

The Draw of the Sea

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The Draw of the Sea by Wyl Menmuir offers the reader glimpses into the lives of the people Menmuir has known as well as into what makes the sea (or any large body of water for that matter) so compelling. The Draw of the Sea invites those of us who live near the ocean to see it in new ways and is a salty tonic for those who pine for the scent of seaweed on the air. The cover is stunning, and I liked how it was broken down into sections that you can dip in and out of. Alex Preston, The Guardian 'The best compliment I can pay The Draw of the Sea is that the moment I finished it I signed up for lessons with the local sailing club.

In many ways, it’s like the writing process itself, a wandering, sifting, picking up and looking with new eyes approach that asks questions of the things that wash up on the mind’s shore.I don't think any stone was left unturned as we learn about its shorescapes, wildlife and the people who use and roam these areas.

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. Menmuir's book - part memoir, part travelogue, all salty and haunting - explores that same instinct, although it celebrates rather closer engagement with the water than I've ever had - which is one of the things that makes The Draw of the Sea such an enthralling read. 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.

Really enjoyed how much he immersed himself in each chapter and actually took part in/got involved in each thing rather than just writing about it. 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. In the specifics of these livelihoods and their rich histories and traditions, Wyl Menmuir captures the universal human connection to the sea.

There's the page turners I can't put down, that I race through cause I just wanna know what comes next. 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. Highly recommended if you like the Cornish coast, the sea, or contemplation at a remote shoreline spot. I might not have the nerve or the opportunity freedive or sail a boat, but I felt saltwater in my heart.The Draw of the Sea is a meaningful and moving work into how we interact with the environment around us and how it comes to shape the course of our lives. It's grim reading in places, but we do also meet people who are trying to make a difference - and the author admits that there can be a sort of syncronicitous beauty in the bizarre findings from beaches, even in all that plastic. On board a traditional Cornish gig boat, I met a crew of women who take out their frustrations by ploughing through the sea off St Michael’s Mount, and near St Ives I swam with a group of men who have what I can only describe as the nicest of self-help groups, floating in dark waters in the early hours on the north coast. Most of the book is set around the Cornish coast, with occasional forays further afield to the Isles of Scilly and even Svalbard in Norway.

Through the experiences of those people who fully embrace the romance and adventure that seaside living provides, Wyl Menmuir explores our profound connection to the most powerful of natural forces. I also have always felt drawn to the sea and after reading this book I now understand that many people feel the same way and we all explore the sea in different ways and each have our own unique experiences from its presence. 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. The book is oriented south westerly, with the chapters taking place either in Cornwall or on the Isles of Scilly, 25 miles further out into the Atlantic. It feeds us, sustaining communities and providing livelihoods, but it also holds immense destructive power which can take all those away in an instant.There is a great deal of wisdom here, and I loved the way that he lets these different viewpoints speak to one another, sometimes in harmony, sometimes not. The author understands this relationship implicitly, and admits to a fear of the sea, but fear and attraction often overlap. 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.



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