Deep water: the world in the ocean


The ocean has shaped and sustained life on Earth for billions of years. Its waters contain our past, from the deep history of evolutionary time to exploration and colonialism; our present, as a place of solace and pleasure, and as the highway that underpins the global economy; and – as waters heat and sea levels rise ever higher – our future. ‘Deep Water’ is both a hymn to the beauty, mystery and wonder of the ocean, and a reckoning with our complex relationship to the natural world. It is a book shaped by tidal movements and deep currents, and lit by the presence of other minds and other ways of being. Weaving together science, history and personal reflection, it explores the way the ocean connects every living being on Earth, the origins of the environmental catastrophe that is overtaking us, and the question of what lies ahead.

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‘Wise, compassionate, and urgent.’ Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

A Bookseller Nonfiction Editor’s Choice for March 2024

Plunge into the depths of the unknown in this thrilling work of nonfiction that combines science, history, and nature writing to explore the deepest recesses of the natural world.

Oceans created, shaped, and sustain not just human life, but all life on Earth, and perhaps beyond it. They are our history – from evolution to exploration and colonialism; our present – from beach holidays to transporting food and goods; and, as rising sea levels and warming water reshape coastlines and the climate, our future.

Deep Water is a reckoning with humankind’s complex relationship with the ocean, a book shaped by tidal movements and vast currents, and lit by the presence of other minds and other ways of being. It speaks directly and uncompromisingly of the urgency of the environmental catastrophe that is overtaking us, but is also suffused with the glories of the ocean, and alert to the extraordinary efforts of the scientists and researchers whose work helps us understand its secrets. Immense in scope but also profoundly personal, it offers vital new ways of understanding humanity’s place on our planet, and shows that the oceans might yet save us all.

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Weight 801 g
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 3.69 cm










551.46 (edition:23)


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