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New book from Southampton Visiting Fellow

Published: 1 August 2013

Experienced broadcaster and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton Philip Hoare has written a critically acclaimed book to be featured on BBC national radio this month. It will be the Book of the Week on Radio Four each morning from 9.45am from Monday 5 August.

The winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, Philip’s new work is The Sea Inside, a follow-up to his popular whale-based book Leviathan. It focuses on environmental issues from the Solent to the south seas during a voyage from Southampton. On his website, Philip describes the story as ‘part bestiary, part memoir, part fantastical travelogue … a magical journey of discovery, filled with astounding tales of faith and fear, wilderness and destruction, mortality and beauty.’

Critic Ian Critchley of the Sunday Times comments: “This enthralling book exhibits Hoare’s talent both for writing about nature and for bringing to life the human dramas played out over centuries on or beside the sea.”

Earlier in his career, Philip wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three films for BBC’s Whale Night.

The Sea Inside is published by Fourth Estate at £18.99

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