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Updated: Oct 24, 2020

From absorbing non-fiction to the flowing prose of stunning short stories, here are 4 titles that will make you think twice about the earth’s most vital substance

Sea, sand and coral at Soneva Fushi c. Julia Neeson

Fascinating and informative, How to Read Water is an entertaining and practical guide that will teach you how to interpret ponds like a Polynesian and read waves like a Pacific Islander. Like his world view, there is something addictive about Tristan’s writing style. It’s educational and at times anecdotal, but a poetry weaves itself throughout, and you find yourself immediately more in tune with the world around you, your relationship with the environment enriched.

An urgent and life-affirming memoir about how, and where, one woman finds strength in heart-breaking circumstances. Ruth lives in Greystones, Ireland, with her children and filmmaker husband Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Every day, Ruth finds solace in the cold waters of the Irish Sea and support from her friendships, the women who jokingly call themselves ‘The Tragic Wives’ Swimming Club’. Beautifully written, I Found My Tribe is about love and living.

A child on the cusp of adulthood spends a short summer break in a beach town with his mother. There, relationships strain as he begins to draw comparisons between himself and other boys and in order to prove he can measure up, sets himself a swimming challenge that threatens his safety. A thoughtful and at times terrifying coming of age story that looks at just how far we’ll go to force change.

A sobering but necessary examination of humankind’s relationship with the sea, and the devastating impact it we have had on the life it supports. From overfishing to plastic pollution, author Callum Roberts presents both a comprehensive history on the catastrophes we have caused, and a hopeful look ahead, with promising and practical advice on how we can change our ways, before it’s too late.


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