The Gathering Tide


Available for Pre-order. Due January 2023.
The Gathering Tide Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Saraband
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Pages: 224 Language: English ISBN: 9781913393809 Categories: , ,

“Evocative, muscular.” – Kathleen Jamie. Karen Lloyd takes us on a deeply personal journey around the 60 miles of coastline that make up ‘nature’s amphitheatre’. Embarking on a series of walks that take in beguiling landscapes and ever-changing seascapes, Karen tells the stories of the places, people, wildlife and history of Morecambe Bay. So we meet the King’s Guide to the Sands, discover forgotten caves and islands that don’t exist, and delight in the simple beauty of an oystercatcher winging its way across the ebbing tide. As we walk with Karen, she explores her own memories of the bay, making an unwitting pilgrimage through her own past and present, as well as that of the bay. The result is a singular and moving account of one of Britain’s most alluring coastal areas.

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"Slides effortlessly from the environment to history, to stories of others, to personal anecdote, 'sewn together into a continuous experience'. It succeeds magnificently. The account of crossing the bay with Cedric is as evocative as Macfarlane's description of crossing the Maplin sands. * Robin Lloyd-Jones *

Author Biography

Karen Lloyd is an award-winning nature writer and environmental activist based in Cumbria, and is Writer in Residence at the Future Places Centre, University of Lancaster. Her first book, The Gathering Tide, won the Striding Edge Prize in The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2016. The Blackbird Diaries, winner of The Lakeland Arts and Literature Award 2018, is an intimate account of the wildlife in Lloyd's Cumbrian garden, the South Lakes landscape, the Solway coast and the Hebridean islands of Mull and Staffa, and includes environmental narratives exploring the story of the last golden eagle in England and the demise of our breeding curlews. Abundance: Nature in Recovery enquires into abundance in the Anthropocene.