Who doesn't love to be beside the seaside? Whether we're building sandcastles, exploring rockpools, strolling along windswept beaches or skimming stones across the waves, we Brits never seem happier than when we're enjoying our coastline. Comprising writing on every aspect of the British seaside; from the changes in the landscape wrought by natural erosion to the astonishing variety of animals birds and plants that make their home by the seafront, and the enduring popularity of the traditional British seaside holiday, Beside the Seaside chronicles the British love of the beach. But as fond as we are of our beaches, the British seaside is more than a holiday destination. Whether it's the fossils to be found on the Dinosaur coast, the lighthouses that saw some of Michael Faraday's earliest experiments with electricity, or the Martello towers that were built to defend the empire, the British seaside gives vital clues to the history of this island nation. Drawn from the paper's extensive archive, Beside the Seaside is the perfect bedside companion for anyone who likes to stroll along the prom-prom-prom.
About this author
Ruth Petrie is a freelance editor and passionate gardener. She selected articles for Cuttings: A Year in the Garden with Christopher Lloyd (2007) and The Guardian Book of the Countryside