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Sea Shanties

Extent: 192 pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date:

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781789293760

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Pull up anchor, set sail and hit the open water with this wonderful collection of sea shanties and their fascinating history.

Over four centuries since the first folk song was sung, sea shanties still fascinate and entertain. Composed and performed by sailors on sailing ships to ensure the rhythmic operation of the hauling and heaving that was a mainstay of a lot of their work aboard these huge merchant vessels, they were also about camaraderie, positivity and motivation. Life as sea was harsh and relentless, and these songs injected some much-needed humour into maritime life.

This gorgeous books brings together 50 of the best-loved ballads and their fascinating history, alongside stunning black and white illustrations. This is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to delve into the magical maritime world of 'Wellerman' and beyond.

About the Author

Karen Dolby is a freelance editor and writer. Among her books are Auld Lang Syne, The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II and The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret, all published by Michael O'Mara Books. She lives and writes in south London.