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Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach By Jean Sprackland,

  • Title: Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach
  • Author: Jean Sprackland
  • ISBN: 9780224087452
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the ultimate beachcomber s book A series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool, Strands is about what is lost and buried then discovered, about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, about flotsam and jetsam, about mutability and transformation about sea change Every so oftenThis is the ultimate beachcomber s book A series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool, Strands is about what is lost and buried then discovered, about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, about flotsam and jetsam, about mutability and transformation about sea change Every so often the sands shift enough to reveal great mysteries the Star of Hope, wrecked on Mad Wharf in 1883 and usually just visible as a few wooden stumps, is suddenly raised one day, up from the depths an entire wreck, black and barnacled, and on either side two ruined ships, taking the air for a while before sinking back under the sand And stranger still, perhaps, are the prehistoric footprints of humans, animals, and birds on the beach prints from the Late Mesolithic to mid Neolithic period which are described as ephemeral archaeology because they are preserved in the Holocene sediment, revealed briefly, and then destroyed by the next tide Strands describes a year s worth of walking on the ultimate beach intertidal and constantly turning up revelations mermaid s purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales, and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner Jean Sprackland, a prize winning poet and natural storyteller, is the perfect guide to these shifting sands this place of transformation.
    Strands A Year of Discoveries on the Beach This is the ultimate beachcomber s book A series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool Strands is about what is lost and b

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    1. This was wonderful I d read glowing reviews and really wanted to read, and it was even better than I d anticipated.Deceptively simple idea in that the author writes or meditates about her year round walks on a stretch of beach in NW England She realises that whatever she finds washed up has a tale to tell of how it got there.I particularly envy her seeing the wreck of the Star of Hope Every so often the sands shift enough to reveal great mysteries the Star of Hope, wrecked on Mad Wharf in 1883 a [...]

    2. From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week A year of discoveries on the beach Jean Sprackland meditates on objects revealed by the shape shifting sands, or washed up on the wild beaches between Blackpool and Liverpool.Recorded on location on Ainsdale Sands, Strands is a book about what is lost and buried, then re discovered about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, natural or man made about mutability and transformation about sea change.In today s episode, Jean contemplates the miraculous [...]

    3. When I was a kid I spent many holidays at the beach, always the same area as my Grandparents had a caravan there, I found the beach boring though The beaches in that area were always shingle lots of stones , so no chance of making a sand castle only lots of pain as you walked barefoot down to the sea Instead of the beach I would go exploring, looking for caves and climbing up the cliffs you were always allowed to do dangerous stuff in those days If only I had read this book as a kid, I would kno [...]

    4. I saw jean at Durham book fest and found myself really interested in the concept of this book It did not disappoint of course i love the sea and am already captivated by the variety of objects that turn up on shore but I really liked Jeans idea of tracing them backwards captivating and oddly restful like having abeach walk in a book.

    5. BOTWJean Sprackland contemplates the reappearance of the Star of Hope, wrecked in 1883.blurb A year of discoveries on the beach Jean Sprackland meditates on objects revealed by the shape shifting sands, or washed up on the wild beaches between Blackpool and Liverpool.Recorded on location on Ainsdale Sands, Strands is a book about what is lost and buried, then re discovered about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, natural or man made about mutability and transformation about sea c [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book despite the fact that the beaches I walk in Oregon are different than I realized compared to Jean Sprackland s beach near Liverpool Sprackland is a poet and the writing is magnificent Anyone who loves the coast will enjoy this book.

    7. Sprackland visits the same beach time and time again and her observations and findings over the seasons are detailed with poetic and thoughtful prose The book is laid out in four sections that correspond with the seasons The chapters within these sections split over all type of subjects, but atre always centred around items found or seen on this particular beach.The book picks up on threads and detail from lots of other books that I have read, in particular Sightlines, Edgelands, Moby Duck The T [...]

    8. I took some time reading this book, because I wanted to read it on springlike days, to reflect the airy and light touch Sprackland imparts and the freshness of walking along a beach with the wind in your hair Alas, coming out of the back end of winter into spring in the UK, I have to take my days as I find them Still whatever the weather, this was a lovely read Finds along Sprackland s stretch of beach prompt ruminations of the kind we might all have if the discoveries had been ours Some finds p [...]

    9. For the work of a poet, this book is perhaps surprisingly prosaic it is very clear and thoroughly researched and carefully observed, so the poet s approach shows, but the language is quite plain, conversational and does not use the sound, imagery or concision that a poem might This style works well.There are, however, many references to poems and to other writers, as literature is clearly part of her way of thinking I very much enjoyed that, as it s part of how I understand the world too.Each se [...]

    10. I loved this book, unlike anything I ve ever read Ms Spracklands experience in writing poetry shines thru with her descriptive prose but I also admired her decision to research thoroughly the things she found on the beach record the scientific historical info that research revealed rather than just wax lyrical about the landscape, tho beautifully she does that Perfect for beachcombers, the curious and the romantic.

    11. Jean Sprackland is a poet, that s certain after reading Strand She quotes many to my eyes obscure poets lovely lines of poetry, though She quotes many books as well Sprackland has done her research Which is also the downside of this book she manages to show the many interesting things found on beaches They are magical places in some sense But many of her theoretical musings feel somewhat forced and dry as she says in her preface, she s not a biologist or a geologist, but a creative person, a p [...]

    12. Strands is a book that I nearly gave up on as I found the first couple of chapters quite hard in terms of keeping my interest Because of Jean Sprackland s ability to form beautiful sentences, I persevered through the difficult start and was rewarded with an enjoyable read with some interesting facts to ponder on This book isn t just about beachcombing, it s about wider environmental issues and the impact of wasteful human consumption that is carried on the tides and currents around the globe It [...]

    13. I wondered if this book might be larded, weighed down by poetic language Instead it moves daintily over the surface, leaving me feeling as though I have joined Jean Sprackland on her Merseyside coast walks and that we ve had a jolly good chat covering all sorts of subjects We ve spotted sometimes to poke about in the sand, picked things up sometimes, searched in vain on occasion for some really exciting titbit, and other times just enjoyed the peace of the place peace if not necessarily beauty M [...]

    14. Jean Sparackland has written a journal in 12 parts one chapter a month as she writes about the beaches north of Liverpool which she walks most days Sprackland documents what she finds on the beach, identifying both rare and common organisoms as well as flotsam and jetsam At times the description is disheartening, as when she describes the amount of garbage that comes in with the tide and she reflects on vast deposits of plastic rubbish in the oceans.An excellent book to dip into.

    15. Wonderful Book I adore Ainsdale and the Sefton Coast and this is the perfect book to bring the strand line to life I feel the wind, I touch the sand,I smell the sea within the words on the pages Jean has a beautiful way with words and her treasures from the strandline have given me the inspiration to create my own treasures on my own mantle piece If you love the coast and have wondered about finds on the strand line this is for you Simply enjoy.This is the coast I love.

    16. Deeply researched, beautifully written and full of surprising occasionally unsettling facts about sea life and the coastal environment Jean Sprackland has a healthy curiosity about everything she sees on her strolls, and the erudition and ability to put it down on paper in the most readable fashion A treat for anyone who loves walking along the beach, even if it s only once a year while on holiday.

    17. A beautiful articulation of Sprackland s year on one of Britain s most cherished landscapes, the beach I enjoyed her personal diversions from physical objects she found to things she d experienced or researched The book possessed a real diary like feel with scientific accuracy, and I found it s fantastic for expanding your trivial knowledge of the beach, as well as getting to know the author through her sentimental authorial voice.

    18. This started out ok, but I lost interest after a while I liked best her personal finds, little yellor duck, china cup, some of her other finds turned into long general chapters on some issue or other I skimmed a lot of the second half, I wanted to finish mainly so I could tick it off list Nice idea, but not really for me.

    19. Fantastic I love her clear probing into the connections and significance of the objects thrown up by the sea A natural history, an archeological wandering, a humane exploration Poetic, respectful, wide ranging, fascinating Read it with an iPad to hand so you can gain immediate visuals to accompany your reading.

    20. I loved this book, it s a book you can lose yourself in Beautifully written and full if interesting stories and lovely poetry I wish I lived by the sea.

    21. Really enjoyed this book Not sure if it was because I was familiar with the area or if I just enjoyed the observations about the natural history and local history of the area.

    22. In my first year of uni I had to do a creative writing module which I did not want to do, I ve never been a creative writer.I had to read this and I would never read it again.

    23. Beautifully written, with a poet s eye and voice, sharing discoveries and the random connections they inspire in us.

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