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Publisher's Summary

The Shipping Forecast is a curious peace of broadcasting: at once impenetrably baffling yet at the same time reassuringly familiar. But where are these places, and what secrets do they conceal? Charlie Connelly sets off on a journey round the forecast to find out, unearthing the history and culture behind one of Britain's best-loved broadcasting institutions.
©2005 Charlie Connelly (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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"His amiable style provides some good jokes in a book that's as gentle and pleasing as the shipping forecast itself." (Daily Mail)
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By PearlSinger on 03-31-11

Attention All Shipping

I first heard this when it was 'Book of the Week' on Radio 4. I had forgotten just how funny it is - laugh out loud funny in places. There are times in David Thorpe's narration when it sounds as if he is on the brink of laughter, which adds to the liveliness of the narration. The messmeric shipping forecast has always attracted me and I thought it was an inspired idea to try and visit all the named areas. The historic explanations are fascinating and the physical realities range from the sublime to the surreal. A truly entertaining listen.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-10-16

Brilliant

Really enjoyed this unlikely book. Good storyline and really well read. Definite one for re listening

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By Kirsty on 05-09-17

Thanks for taking the trip

Going to all the areas covered by the Shipping Forecast, Charlie Connelly has done it for all of us fascinated by it, but without the wherewithal, courage and tenacity to duplicate his efforts. He makes me feel I have been there, though I wonder if I really need to know how much he paid for a cheese roll in England or a Scotch in Germany. Apart from a few too many self depricating asides, this book is fascinating. And the narration is first class.

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