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Summary

The Shipping Forecast is a curious peace of broadcasting: at once impenetrably baffling yet at the same time reassuringly familiar. But where are these places, and what secrets do they conceal? Charlie Connelly sets off on a journey round the forecast to find out, unearthing the history and culture behind one of Britain's best-loved broadcasting institutions.

©2005 Charlie Connelly (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"His amiable style provides some good jokes in a book that's as gentle and pleasing as the shipping forecast itself." (Daily Mail)

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Attention All Shipping

I first heard this when it was 'Book of the Week' on Radio 4. I had forgotten just how funny it is - laugh out loud funny in places. There are times in David Thorpe's narration when it sounds as if he is on the brink of laughter, which adds to the liveliness of the narration. The messmeric shipping forecast has always attracted me and I thought it was an inspired idea to try and visit all the named areas. The historic explanations are fascinating and the physical realities range from the sublime to the surreal. A truly entertaining listen.

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed this unlikely book. Good storyline and really well read. Definite one for re listening

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Good book, poor narration

I first discovered this book serialised on Radio 4 and loved it so much I bought a print copy. However, the narration lets it down - either the book is virtually devoid of commas or they are ignored, and the narrator sounds out of breath by the end of a sentence.

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Pay Attention All Listeners

Amusing, informative and though provoking. Armchair adventures delight now reaching to tune into the shipping forecast.

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Excellent

An excellent story of a journey and a family history told with great humour, well narrated.

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Very entertaining, informative and funny.

I found the accounts riveting. It connected with some of my own experiences. Very enjoyable.

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easy listening

easy to listen to, the description of Manx spot on as is that of Dover.

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Superbly evocative and most amusing

Really enjoyed this. Always loved the shipping forecast, reminds me of being a child with its lilting melody and this book gives a wonderful insight into its history and the mysterious names heard.