Underwater to Get Out of the Rain: A Love Affair With the Sea

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Da Capo Press, Sep 7, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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On a hot summer's day there could be no quicker transport to the seaside than Trevor Norton's cool and entrancing account of a lifetime's adventures under or near the water. Norton's eye for the bizarre, amazing, and beautiful inhabitants of the oceans, and the eccentric characters who work, study, and live by the shore make his book a wonder-filled experience. An intrepid diver and distinguished scientist, Norton's writing is self-deprecating, very funny, and full of wry and intriguing anecdotes; he is an unfailingly delightful companion. Whether his setting is a bed of jewel anemones in an Irish lough, a giant California cavern shared with sea lions, a mildewed research station, or the glittering coral gardens of Sharm el Sheikh, his captivating prose always finds the mark. Sometimes following the shoreline with earlier beachcombers such as Darwin, John Steinbeck, and George Orwell, Norton also takes the reader to depths where the shapes of creatures living without sunlight defy imagination. Admirers of the gorgeous detail of Rachel Carson's The Sea Around Us will revel in Norton's writing, his observations, and irreverent wit.

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

I'd previously read Stars Beneath the Sea by Trevor Norton and found his writing style quite enjoyable and punctuated with humour. While the overall book wasn't entirely compelling, I did have high ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Marine biologist Norton (Stars Beneath the Sea, 2000, etc.) chronicles his enviable peripatetic life.He grew up in Britain, next to a sullen sea rimmed with coal dust. But underwater, there was gold ... Read full review


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Changes Collywell Bay Northumberland
Sentiment and Seaweed Ilfracombe Devon
Filtersville Menai Straits North Wales
All at Sea The Atlantic Ocean
Sea Meadows Caleta del Sebo Graciosa
The Turquoise Pool Jameos del Agua Lanzarote
Caribbean Nights Liverpool
Brace Yourself Port Erin Isle of
In the Zone Millport Scotland
The Pleasure of Piers Isle of Colonsay Hebrides

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About the author (2007)

Trevor Norton is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool, and Director of the Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man.

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