The Sea Around Us summer read

Love a good read? Love the sea? Tidelines is working with Devon Libraries to invite people to take part in an Exe estuary-wide ‘summer read’ of Rachel Carson’s book The Sea Around Us...
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“Reading it will ensure that you never look at the sea in the same way again.”  Billy Mills, 2014

Tidelines is a community project creating a range of different activities to bring people together to learn more about and reflect on the Exe estuary and coastline. The Sea Around Us is a sparkling introduction to the science of the oceans written in a poetic, accessible and enjoyable way. A fantastic summer read! If you love the oceans, nautical things, marine life, or are simply concerned about the world you live in, then pick up this book.

Rachel Carson wrote The Sea Around Us in 1951 and is acknowledged as a key inspirational scientist and activist. Tidelines invites you to record your favourite passage from the book and to come to informal discussions in September, live or online, to share your reflections and questions about the book with other local readers, scientists and researchers.

How to take part:

The Sea Around Us is available from Dawlish and Exmouth Libraries and through our Choose and Collect Service in Topsham.

To book a paperback copy or an audiobook, contact:

You can also download the e-book and audio book with your library card at

One of the mobile libraries is based in Exmouth and people can request the book from Exmouth Library and it will be delivered to them. You can also obtain a loan copy from Tidelines.

Anyone can take part – perhaps you and a group of friends want to read the book at the same time?

The Sea Around Us summer read runs until Friday 18 September. For more on the Summer Read and other Tidelines activities visit Tidelines.


Working with communities and citizens of the Exe estuary, Tidelines is a project that looks forwards and backwards in time. A place where our collective knowledge, sense of wonder, intuition and responsibility can come together. Tidelines is funded by University of Exeter and Wild East Devon working with other local partners including Transition Exmouth and Devon Libraries.

For information on Tidelines please visit their website or email

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