Curlew Coast – Diversions on Maritime Suffolk
Shortlisted for the Amberley Press Publishing Prize in 2017, Curlew Coast is the author’s second book and it continues the theme of tracing maritime history through the framework of the coastal towns and villages of Suffolk.
It explores a diversity of subjects from rope-making to ship burials; from the coastal erosion to the early navigators and from salt-making to the evolution of Trinity House.
Illustrated lavishly from the author’s sketches, it covers the period from when the Anglo-Saxons first sailed up the East Anglian rivers to when the railway began to take over from sail.
About the Book
Have you ever wondered how to tell a brig from a barque? Or a sprat from a sardine“? How salt is made and when Trinity House was founded? The answers to these and much more will be found within these pages.
Shortlisted for the Amberley Press Publishing Prize. Curlew Coast is the author’s second book about East Anglia’s maritime past. Using the coastal towns of Suffolk as a framework, the book explores a diversity of subjects from rope making to ship burials and from coastal erosion to the early navigators. Illustrated throughout with the author’s sketches, Curlew Coast covers the period from when the Anglo-Saxons first sailed up the East Anglian rivers, to the age of the railway when the engine began to take over from sail.
The author lives in Norfolk with memories of many happy hours sailing off the Suffolk coast and its rivers. A lifelong interest in traditional boats, sailing and maritime history has resulted in this unusual and engaging book.
Listen to the BBC Radio Suffolk interview with Curlew Coast author Judith Ellis to celebrate the launch of Curlew Coast.
“A second charming and thoughtful companion of coastal county history in the same style as her acclaimed debut, Two Points East, the author charts fascinating stories and facts as she describes the fortunes of former ports and towns… will there be a third? I hope so.”Michael Pollit, Eastern Daily Press
“Full of fascinating information and beautifully written, as before. Your descriptions of nature are particularly lovely – fantastic that the very last sentence of the book is so evocative and will leave readers very satisfied.”Jenny Wilson, Editor
“Two Points East and Curlew Coast are two of the best books of their kind that I have seen”
“You really need to buy the books. You will not be disappointed”Derek James, Eastern Daily Press