Nicolson’s book is as much about the sea as the land, and the tidal pull it exerted for centuries on the explorers who risked its dangers.

‘… only to see the flock which had been grazing happily there for an hour since I had last disturbed them, lift with that wonder grace, a slow-motion departure, back across the tide-rippled sea to the headland where I had first encountered them.’

Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 70

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