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The Busy Narrow Sea

By Robin Laurance

9781803996820

ISBN: 9781803996820

Published: 11-07-2024


The Busy Narrow Sea

By Robin Laurance

ISBN: 9781803996820

Published: 11-07-2024

About This Book

It was half a million years ago that Britain first parted from Europe. As ice melted, water smashed through the chalky land bridge that separated Britain from the continent of Europe, forming what we now know as the English Channel, and the French call La Manche. The second parting, far from being a force of nature, was the choice of Britain’s islanders disillusioned with Continental rule. This new study from Robin Laurance tells the story of the people whose lives have become entwined over the centuries with this iconic seaway, a broad sweep of carefully researched historical fact lightened with a host of colourful anecdotes. This diverse collection of lives covers artists captivated by its light; writers inspired by its power; tunnellers relishing its challenges; entrepreneurs turning fishing villages into smart resorts; smugglers ruling the waves, and adventurers conquering them; and much more besides, from Napoleon through WW2 and into the modern day.

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