By charlie connelly
Attention All Shipping
Sitting at home listening to the shipping forecast can be a cosily reassuring experience. There’s no danger of a westerly gale eight, veering southwesterly increasing nine later (visibility poor) gusting through your average suburban living room, blowing the Sunday papers all over the place and startling the cat. Yet familiar though the sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. Charlie Connelly wittily explores the places behind the voice, those mysterious regions whose names seem often to bear no relation to conventional geography.
Of all my books this is the one that has received by far the biggest response. It was a bit of a leap in the dark given that I’d only written books about football up to this point, but a slot on BBC Radio 4′s Book Of The Week and a tie-in lecture at the Royal Geographical Society meant that Attention All Shipping got off to a flyer and is yet to come in to land more than a decade later.
Barely a week goes by even now without an e-mail landing in my inbox from someone who’s just discovered the book, and these are people of all walks of life, most of whom have no connection to the sea whatsoever. I’ve heard from people as far afield as Australia, Canada and Cambodia as well as all points of Britain and Ireland. There really is something about the shipping forecast.
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Went down a storm with this sea lover. It has great humour, it has great atmosphere. A very entertaining read and, believe me, you’ll never see cod in the same way again.
– the observer
Armchair travelling will never be the same again.
– western mail
He brings the shipping forecast to life, revealing the reality to be bizarre, quirky and fantastic.