Naked Shore Of The North Sea by Blass Tom
Saturnine and quick-tempered the formidable North Sea is often overlooked - even by those living within a stone's throw of its steel-grey waters. But as playground theatre of war and cultural crossing-point it has shaped the world in myriad ways forged villains and heroes and determined the fates of nations. It's not all grim though: the seaside holiday was born on North Sea beaches and artists poets and writers have been as equally inspired by glinting sun on the wave-tops as they have the drama of a winter storm. With a wry eye and a warm coat Tom Blass travels the edges of the North Sea meeting fishermen artists bomb disposal experts burgermeisters - and those who have found themselves flung to the sea's perimeters quite by chance. In doing so he attempts to piece together its manifold histories and to reveal truths half-truths and fictions otherwise submerged...