The Seaside: England’s Love Affair


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The Seaside: England’s Love Affair Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Granta Books
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Pages: 400 Language: English ISBN: 9781783787173 Categories: , , ,

Through the prism of our longstanding and often nostalgic relationship to our seaside towns, Madeleine proposes writing a state-of-the-nation book about England, which simultaneously considers what the seaside means and has meant to us, alongside an examination of what are now some of England’s most deprived areas. This is a history of the rise and fall of seaside resorts, their cherished place in our imagination, their beauty and resilience, and their depression and abandonment with the arrival of cheap foreign travel in the 70s. And in taking us into some of England’s most deprived areas, BESIDE THE SEA will offer an insight into the politics of the last decades, the effects of austerity, the Brexit vote, along with ideas of Englishness and national identity.

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Author Biography

Madeleine Bunting was for many years a columnist for the Guardian. She is the author of many non-fiction books, including Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, The Plot: A Biography of My Father's English Acre, which won the Portico Prize, and Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey, which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize and the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year. She has also written two novels, Island Song and Ceremony of Innocence. She lives in London.