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Attention All Shipping | [Charlie Connelly]

Attention All Shipping

The solemn, rhythmic intonation of the shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Since its first broadcast in the 1920s, it has inspired poems, songs, and novels, in addition to its intended objective of warning generations of seafarers of impending storms and gales. In Attention All Shipping, Charlie Connelly wittily explores the places behind the voice, those mysterious regions whose names seem often to bear no relation to conventional geography.
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The solemn, rhythmic intonation of the shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Since its first broadcast in the 1920s, it has inspired poems, songs, and novels, in addition to its intended objective of warning generations of seafarers of impending storms and gales. In Attention All Shipping, Charlie Connelly wittily explores the places behind the voice, those mysterious regions whose names seem often to bear no relation to conventional geography.

©2004 Charlie Connelly; Sailing By by Ronald Binge ©Mozart Edition GB Ltd; (P)2007 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"A wonderfully eccentric study." (Observer)
"An engaging and often very funny book." (Sunday Times)
"One of those simple yet brilliant ideas." (Daily Mail)
"If listening to Sailing By to the bitter end every night is the surest sign of a Radio 4 addict, then buying Charlie Connelly's new travel book runs it close." (Independent on Sunday)

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