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Adam Nicolson is a highly regarded author on history, travel and the environment. He is also a brilliant speaker.

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The Sea is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides

Few places are as familiar as the shore – and few as full of mystery and surprise.

How do sandhoppers inherit an inbuilt compass from their parents? How do crabs understand the tides? How can the death of one winkle guarantee the lives of its companions? What does a prawn know?

In The Sea is Not Made of Water, Adam Nicolson explores the natural wonders of the intertidal and our long human relationship with it. The physics of the seas, the biology of anemone and limpet, the long history of the earth, and the stories we tell of those who have lived here: all interconnect in this zone where the philosopher, scientist and poet can meet and find meaning.

The intertidal has been the scene for all kinds of scientific discovery – from the process of evolution to the inner workings of biological networks. But its story is as much human as natural history: how far should our lives be understood within the vast landscape of ecology? What do our buried beliefs about the tidal sea reflect of our relationship to nature? And is it the shifting condition of the tidal world, its pervasive uncertainty, its fierce interfolding of opportunity and threat, that makes it one of the most revelatory and beguiling habitats on earth?

The Sea is Not Made of Water is an invitation to the shoreline. Anyone who chooses can look beyond their own reflection and find the marvellous there, waiting an inch beneath their nose.

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The Sherborne Literary Society organises various events throughout the year for both members and non-members of the society. Our Words with Wine events usually have a local author talk about their writings over some canapes and a glass of wine. Our Poetry Plus events, also with canapes and wine, have many different themes. For both Words with Wine and Poetry Plus events tickets can be purchased through Winstone's Bookshop at 8 Cheap Street, Sherborne DT9 3PX (01935 816128).

We no longer limit our Festival events to just a few days in Autumn but now invite high profile authors to talk about their very latest books throughout the year. Many books are published in time for the Christmas market, hence the flurry of festivals throughout the land at that time of the year. But books are published throughout the year and we can be very flexible and attract speakers at the time when their books are fresh off the press.

For members of the Society there are huge advantages throughout the year, not least you get a 10% reduction for Festival tickets and a 10% discount on all books purchased from Winstone's Bookshop. You can join the Society through the website (see above).

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