by Charlotte Runcie - £9.99 Canongate Books Ltd (2020)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781786891211 | ISBN 10: 1786891212
A lyrical exploration of the sea, how it inspires art, music and literature and how it connects us, from the Daily Telegraph’s poetry critic. As heard on BBC Radio 4.
In Salt On Your Tongue, Charlotte Runcie explores what the sea means to us, and particularly what it has meant to women through the ages. In mesmerising prose, she explores how the sea has inspired, fascinated and terrified us, and how she herself fell in love with the deep blue.
This book is a walk on the beach with Turner, with Shakespeare, with the Romantic Poets and shanty-singers. It’s an ode to our oceans – to the sailors who brave their treacherous waters, to the women who lost their loved ones to the waves, to the creatures that dwell in their depths, to beachcombers, swimmers, seabirds and mermaids. Navigating through ancient Greek myths, poetry, shipwrecks and Scottish folktales, Salt On Your Tongue is about how the wild untameable waves can help us understand what it means to be human.
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