The Channel

£9.99

A bulwark against invasion, a conduit for exchange and a challenge to be conquered, the English Channel has always been many things to many people. Today it’s the busiest shipping lane in the world and hosts more than 30 million passenger crossings every year but this sliver of choppy brine, just 21 miles wide at its narrowest point, represents much more than a conductor of goods and people. Criss-crossing the Channel – not to mention regularly throwing himself into it for a bracing swim – Charlie Connelly collects its stories and brings them vividly to life, from tailing Oscar Wilde’s shadow through the dark streets of Dieppe to unearthing Britain’s first beauty pageant at the end of Folkestone pier (it was won by a bloke called Wally).

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‘A wonderfully quirky history’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘The perfect read while you wait for your summer holiday to begin’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘Quippy anecdotes are woven with historical reference and geographical context to give full colour’ IRISH TIMES

A bulwark against invasion, a conduit for exchange and a challenge to be conquered, the English Channel – 21 miles wide at its narrowest point – represents much more than a conductor of goods and people. Criss-crossing the Channel, Charlie Connelly collects its stories and brings them vividly to life, from tailing Oscar Wilde’s shadow through the dark streets of Dieppe to unearthing Britain’s first beauty pageant at the end of Folkestone pier. We learn that Louis Bleriot was actually a terrible pilot, the tragic fate of the first successful Channel swimmer, and that if a man with a buttered head and pigs’ bladders attached to his trousers hadn’t fought off an attack by dogfish we might never have had a Channel Tunnel.

Charlie Connelly uncovers remarkable tales of swimmers and flyers, pirates and soldiers, heroes and villains, pioneers and refugees. Their stories are all united by the English Channel to ensure the sea that makes us an island will never be the same again.

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Weight 0.26 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

297

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

909.096336 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K