Dogger. Rockall. Malin. Irish Sea' - the hilarious bestselling travel book that journeys round areas made famous by Radio 4's The Shipping Forecast.
This solemn, rhythmic intonation of the shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Since its first broadcast in the 1920s it has inspired poems, songs and novels in addition to its intended objective of warning generations of seafarers of impending storms and gales.
Sitting at home listening to the shipping forecast can be a cosily reassuring experience. There's no danger of a westerly gale eight, veering southwesterly increasing nine later (visibility poor) gusting through your average suburban living room, blowing the Sunday papers all over the place and startling the cat.
Yet familiar though the sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. In ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING Charlie Connelly wittily explores the places behind the voice, those mysterious regions whose names seem often to bear no relation to conventional geography. Armchair travel will never be the same again.
An engaging and often very funny book - SUNDAY TIMES
A wonderfully eccentric study - OBSERVER
One of those simple yet brilliant ideas - DAILY MAIL
If listening to 'Sailing By - to the bitter end every night is the surest sign of a Radio 4 addict, then buying Charlie Connelly's new travel book runs it close'
Charlie Connelly is a bestselling writer and award-winning broadcaster. His books include Attention All Shipping: A Journey round the Shipping Forecast, And Did Those Feet: Walking through 2000 Years of British and Irish History and Our Man In Hibernia: Ireland, the Irish and Me. He has presented the BBC Holiday programme and co-hosted the first three series of BBC Radio 4's Traveller's Tree with Fi Glover.
He has written for a number of publications including the Guardian, TheTimes, the NewStatesman, Arena, the IrishTimes, the SundayTimes, the GlasgowHerald and the FinancialTimes. He lives in Deal, by the English Channel.