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  • Published: 26 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781529102444
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

Beside the Seaside

A Celebration of the Place We Like to Be

A compendium of facts, fables, history and legends about the British seaside

Can you remember why the sea is salty?
How does the moon affect the tide?
Where were Britain's most notorious places for smugglers?
And what was the mystery of St Michael's Mount?

There are almost as many stories about the sea as there are pebbles on the beach. Beside the Seaside is a book for anyone who has been captivated by the crash of waves on sand, thrilled by the exploits of pirates or delighted in an ice cream at the end of the pier.

Answering such questions as what to look for in rock pools, which are the best knots and how to avoid being cursed by a mermaid, Beside the Seaside is bursting with facts, fables, history and mystery about Britain's seaside and coast.

  • Published: 26 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781529102444
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jane Struthers

Jane Struthers is the author of over twenty books, including Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom, Beside the Seaside and Literary Britain and Ireland. She shares her 17th-century cotttage and garden in East Sussex with her husband and two cats.

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Praise for Beside the Seaside

Nautical but nice

Daily Mail

Entertaining and edifying in equal measure ... its sheer scope alone guarantees that there'll be plenty to savour

Good Book Guide

An end-of-pier lucky dip of seaside fun ... A fun book that is awash with edifying flotsam and jetsam


The book is packed with enjoyable, lively and interesting anecdotes

BBC Country File magazine

A mine of information

Choice magazine

Informative and beguiling ... Charmingly put together with apt little drawings ... Jane Struthers tells many a fine tale


The perfect holiday read

Country Homes and Interiors

Wherever your seaside haunt this book is one to pack


A real mine of information. Thoroughly recommended

Best of British

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