New and Neglected Nautical Writing

A preposterous proposal

A preposterous proposal

Philip Temple's 1965 account of an outrageously bold expedition was published without fanfare, without many good photographs, and without even the benefit of a copy-editor; it vanished without trace. The Sea and The Snow came to our attention a few years ago as we...

The rough with the smooth

The rough with the smooth

Bob Comlay is a veteran of two Tilman expeditions to Greenland, and has cajoled many sailors, climbers and writers into contributing forewords and afterwords to our new Collected Edition of Tilman, shedding fresh light on a frequently misunderstood figure:  I...

A legacy of riches

A legacy of riches

When barely sixteen I spent two months with my slightly younger brother Dave hitch-hiking, and often rough sleeping, around Scotland watching birds. We went as far north as the Shetland isle Fetlar to see the snowy owls which bred there, and managed to cadge an...

Lonely backwaters

Lonely backwaters

[Sea-Country is now out of print but we thought you'd still enjoy this extract]Tony Smith is now the keeper of Charlie Stock's game little 16-foot gaff cutter Shoal Waters, and has made it his business to take her the length and breadth of the Thames estuary, and into...

Essex girl through and through

Essex girl through and through

I first met her in Tollesbury and immediately fell for her. She was an ­Essex girl through and through but not like all the others, although she was shallow. As far as I could see then there were only two problems. There was a big age difference—fifty-five...

Travels with Tilman

Travels with Tilman

Bob Comlay sailed with H W Tilman to Greenland – twice – while still in his teens and formed an enduring friendship with 'the Skipper' which lasted until Tilman's loss at sea in 1977. Bob was invaluable in pulling together the new forewords and afterwords to our...

A hard day at the office

A hard day at the office

James Wharram's epic memoir People of the Sea is about to run out in its large-format edition (so be very quick if you want one). We have just gone to press with an unabridged more compact edition, with our usual high quality, at just £16, which will be...

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The shipping news

The shipping news

Regulars here will notice that we have at last implemented a delivery cost calculator which is more equitable for the customer — and for ourselves. Delivery is now charged according to total order weight rather than our old flat rate per book, which...

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A sudden loss

A sudden loss

Had we been more diligent with this blog you would know that in the autumn of 2019 Martin O'Scannall, author of For the Love of Sauntress, and his partner Luis, had departed their home in Galicia, the wet & windy north-west corner of Spain, to cross...

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A hard day at the office

A hard day at the office

James Wharram's epic memoir People of the Sea is about to run out in its large-format edition (so be very quick if you want one). We have just gone to press with an unabridged more compact edition, with our usual high quality, at just £16, which will be...

read more
The shipping news

The shipping news

Regulars here will notice that we have at last implemented a delivery cost calculator which is more equitable for the customer — and for ourselves. Delivery is now charged according to total order weight rather than our old flat rate per book, which...

read more
A sudden loss

A sudden loss

Had we been more diligent with this blog you would know that in the autumn of 2019 Martin O'Scannall, author of For the Love of Sauntress, and his partner Luis, had departed their home in Galicia, the wet & windy north-west corner of Spain, to cross...

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