Down to the Sea in Ships

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Penguin Random House, Feb 5, 2015 - Seafaring life - 368 pages

'Magnificent' Robert Macfarlane

Winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year

Our lives depend on shipping but it is a world which is largely hidden from us. In every lonely corner of every sea, through every night, every day, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These ordinary men live extraordinary lives, subject to dangers and difficulties we can only imagine, from hurricanes and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships on their epic voyages across the globe and experiences unforgettable journeys. As the ships cross seas of history and incident, seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, and a beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects emerges.

'Tremendous' The Times

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If you take a look around you at some of the things that you own, almost all of the have arrived in the country in a box. A container box that is. These containers are shipped in their millions back ... Read full review

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Horatio Clare is a gifted travel writer who specialises in never taking the easy option. This is an engrossing and sympathetic account of the trade of mercantile seamanship. Regular diversions to ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Horatio Clare is the prizewinning, bestselling author of the memoirs Running for the Hills and Truant; the travel books A Single Swallow (which follows the birds' migration from South Africa to the UK) and Down to the Sea in Ships (which saw him embedded on a Maersk container ship) as well as a novella, The Prince's Pen, and a children's book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot. An award-winning journalist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Horatio writes regularly on nature and travel for the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times and various international publications. He and his family are currently based in Yorkshire.

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