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0120170710

Philip Hoare arrives in Provincetown and soon feels the lure of the sea.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

He arrives in Provincetown, Cape Cod, boards the Dolphin VIII, and is soon amongst loons and gannets, minkes and rorquals. He also thinks about Herman Melville and a passage from Moby Dick - 'a vast sound of sighing and sobbing' - but what is this phenomena?

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0120170710

Philip Hoare arrives in Provincetown and soon feels the lure of the sea.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

He arrives in Provincetown, Cape Cod, boards the Dolphin VIII, and is soon amongst loons and gannets, minkes and rorquals. He also thinks about Herman Melville and a passage from Moby Dick - 'a vast sound of sighing and sobbing' - but what is this phenomena?

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0220170712

Author Philip Hoare examines his and other people's passions for watery worlds.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

To Scotland. To the North Sea. To Bass Rock: a 'wedding cake dropped into cold waters', where the bird life teems and where he thinks about light-houses, those built by the Stevensons.

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0220170712

Author Philip Hoare examines his and other people's passions for watery worlds.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

To Scotland. To the North Sea. To Bass Rock: a 'wedding cake dropped into cold waters', where the bird life teems and where he thinks about light-houses, those built by the Stevensons.

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0320170712

Author Philip Hoare recalls the caravan excursions of his childhood.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

He remembers family trips to Torquay, destination caravan-land. And it leads him to think about another inhabitant of this seaside town. A woman of the 1830's, a famous poet, who came to know the life maritime as a blessing and a curse..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0320170712

Author Philip Hoare recalls the caravan excursions of his childhood.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

He remembers family trips to Torquay, destination caravan-land. And it leads him to think about another inhabitant of this seaside town. A woman of the 1830's, a famous poet, who came to know the life maritime as a blessing and a curse..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0420170713

Philip Hoare enjoys rare access to the sartorial splendours of a famous man of the seas.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

To a dry dock in Portsmouth, then to Greenwich, to enjoy special access to sartorial artefacts worn by a legend of the high-seas - "there's a naval strategy to this design: the sweep of the lapel, the rise of the collar, the arch of the pockets."

Time hasn't diminished allure of such a coat, nor memory of its wearer..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0420170713

Philip Hoare enjoys rare access to the sartorial splendours of a famous man of the seas.

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

To a dry dock in Portsmouth, then to Greenwich, to enjoy special access to sartorial artefacts worn by a legend of the high-seas - "there's a naval strategy to this design: the sweep of the lapel, the rise of the collar, the arch of the pockets."

Time hasn't diminished allure of such a coat, nor memory of its wearer..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0520170714

A final quest sees the author going to Bantry Bay, where he swims among the aurelia aurita

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

A final quest sees him going to Bantry Bay. He's previously been swimming with whales and dolphins, but never with 'aurelia aurita', let alone 'chrysaora hysoscella'. Truth be told, it's quite an unnerving experience with these unpredictable creatures..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0520170714

A final quest sees the author going to Bantry Bay, where he swims among the aurelia aurita

In his new book, Philip Hoare seeks out various shorelines, examining our need to be immersed in water. Or at least to be near it.

A final quest sees him going to Bantry Bay. He's previously been swimming with whales and dolphins, but never with 'aurelia aurita', let alone 'chrysaora hysoscella'. Truth be told, it's quite an unnerving experience with these unpredictable creatures..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.