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Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Village

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Published: August 2020
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Author: Lamorna Ash
BIC Subject: Prose: non-fiction
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 04-Aug-2020
Format: Hardback, 272 pages, 161x36mm
ISBN: 9781526600011
Stock Code: 6600011
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A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK
'A bracing account of discovery ... Glistens with deftly told snippets and character-rich stories' Financial Times

'Marks the birth of a new star of non-fiction' William Dalrymple

A captivating, lyrical and deeply discerning portrait of life in the Cornish town of Newlyn, the largest working fishing port in Britain, from a brilliant debut writer
There is the Cornwall Lamorna Ash knew as a child o the idyllic, folklore-rich place where she spent her summer holidays. Then there is the Cornwall she discovers when, feeling increasingly dislocated in London, she moves to Newlyn, a fishing town near Land's End. This Cornwall is messier and harder; it doesn't seem like a place that would welcome strangers.

Before long, however, Lamorna finds herself on a week-long trawler trip with a crew of local fishermen, afforded a rare glimpse into their world, their warmth and their humour. Out on the water, miles from the coast, she learns how fishing requires you to confront who you are and what it is that tethers you to the land. But she also realises that this proud and compassionate community, sustained and defined by the sea for centuries, is under threat, living in the lengthening shadow cast by globalisation.

An evocative journey of personal discovery replete with the poetry and deep history of our fishing communities, Dark, Salt, Clear confirms Lamorna Ash as a strikingly original new voice.A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK
'A bracing account of discovery ... Glistens with deftly told snippets and character-rich stories' Financial Times

'Marks the birth of a new star of non-fiction' William Dalrymple

A captivating, lyrical and deeply discerning portrait of life in the Cornish town of Newlyn, the largest working fishing port in Britain, from a brilliant debut writer
There is the Cornwall Lamorna Ash knew as a child o the idyllic, folklore-rich place where she spent her summer holidays. Then there is the Cornwall she discovers when, feeling increasingly dislocated in London, she moves to Newlyn, a fishing town near Land's End. This Cornwall is messier and harder; it doesn't seem like a place that would welcome strangers.

Before long, however, Lamorna finds herself on a week-long trawler trip with a crew of local fishermen, afforded a rare glimpse into their world, their warmth and their humour. Out on the water, miles from the coast, she learns how fishing requires you to confront who you are and what it is that tethers you to the land. But she also realises that this proud and compassionate community, sustained and defined by the sea for centuries, is under threat, living in the lengthening shadow cast by globalisation.

An evocative journey of personal discovery replete with the poetry and deep history of our fishing communities, Dark, Salt, Clear confirms Lamorna Ash as a strikingly original new voice.
Lamorna Ash is an education worker at the charity IntoUniversity and is a freelance writer for the Times Literary Supplement and TANK magazine. She has a degree in English from Oxford and a masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL. She has herself written numerous plays that have toured Edinburgh, Oxford and London. She can gut most kinds of fish, quite slowly. Dark, Salt, Clear is her first book.
 

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