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Coasting
  • ISBN: 9781780601380
  • Pages: 240
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Eland

Coasting

Jonathan Raban
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Coasting round Britain single-handed in an antique two-masted sailing boat, Jonathan Raban conducts a masterly exploration of England and the English at the time of Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands War.

He moves seamlessly between awkward memories of childhood as the son of a vicar, a vivid chronicle of the shape-shifting sea, and incisive descriptions of the people and communities he encounters.

As he faces his terror of racing water, eddies, offshore sandbars and ferries on a collision course, so he navigates the complex and turbulent waters of his own middle age. Coasting is a fearless attempt to discover the meaning of belonging and of his English homeland.

‘A valuable book and a necessary one. One of the funniest and cleverest voyages on record.’ Christopher Hitchens, New Statesman



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