Out 9 May (John Murray)

Medieval kingdoms. Notorious pirate towns. Drowned churches. Crocodile-infested swamps.

On a series of coastal walks, Lisa Woollett takes us on an illuminating journey, bringing to life the places where mythology and reality meet at the very edges of Britain and Ireland

From Bronze Age settlements on the Isles of Scilly and submerged prehistoric forests in Wales, to a Victorian amusement park on the Isle of Wight and castles in the air off County Clare, Lisa draws together archaeology, meetings with locals and tales from folklore to reveal how the sea has forged, shaped and often overwhelmed these landscapes and communities.

Lost to the Sea is an exhilarating voyage around the ever-shifting shores of the British Isles, and a haunting ode to our profound relationship with the sea.

‘Wondrous, elegant and haunting… a fascinating alternative history of the fractured, flooded and eroded edges of Britain and Ireland
Philip Hoare

‘Beautifully written and researched . . . I was immediately tempted to head out in search of lost lands’
Wyl Menmuir

An immersive and lyrically personal journey through deep-time and modern tides’
Raynor Winn

A haunting evocation of vanishing places. Meticulously researched… and a timely reminder of the transience of our coasts’
Philip Marsden

Mounts Bay, Cornwall, where a submerged forest lies beneath these low-tide sands
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Submerged forest at Borth: prehistoric roots exposed on the foreshore
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The Garden of Sleep, Norfolk: the tower was lost to the sea in 1916
Looking out over Doggerland, beyond failed sea defences at Happisburgh

‘A charming and hugely enjoyable mosaic of history, myth and imagination’
Sara Wheeler