Mark Power - The Shipping Forecast
Iconic book from Magnum legend, Mark Power.
3rd edition published by Zelda Cheatle Press, 1998
Format: Softcover with flaps
Condition: Very Good. Some minor signs of age.
The Shipping Forecast is a British institution. Broadcast four times a day on BBC Radio 4, it splits the waters of Western Europe into 31 sea areas encompassing the UK, from Dover to Southeast Iceland to German Bight. Beyond its practical and still-crucial use to mariners (indeed it can mean the difference between life and death for those at sea) it is also listened to by millions of people who tune in simply to hear the soft, measured cadences of the voices that present it day after day. Poetic and spare, clipped clusters of words conjure up visions of seemingly abstract, far-off places. Wintery Showers. Occasional rain. Good becoming moderate. Mainly fair. There’s a particular comfort in listening to the haunting toll of the forecast; knowing that there are forces far greater than us operating beyond our island’s shores.