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The Channel

The Channel

The Remarkable Men and Women Who Made It the Most Fascinating Waterway in the World

by Charlie Connelly
Publication Date: 01/06/2021

A bulwark against invasion, a conduit for exchange and a challenge to be conquered, the English Channel - 21 miles wide at its narrowest point - represents much more than a conductor of goods and people. Criss-crossing the Channel, Charlie Connelly collects its stories and brings them vividly to life, from tailing Oscar Wilde's shadow through the dark streets of Dieppe to unearthing Britain's first beauty pageant at the end of Folkestone pier. We learn that Louis Bleriot was actually a terrible pilot, the tragic fate of the first successful Channel swimmer, and that if a man with a buttered head and pigs' bladders attached to his trousers hadn't fought off an attack by dogfish we might never have had a Channel Tunnel.
Charlie Connelly uncovers remarkable tales of swimmers and flyers, pirates and soldiers, heroes and villains, pioneers and refugees. Their stories are all united by the English Channel to ensure the sea that makes us an island will never be the same again.

'A wonderfully quirky history' SUNDAY TIMES
'The perfect read while you wait for your summer holiday to begin' MAIL ON SUNDAY

Travel & holiday
Publication Date:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Charlie Connelly

Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster. The author of fifteen books including Attention All Shipping- A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast, Charlie has seen three of his books featured as BBC Radio 4 's Book of the Week while his Gilbert- The Last Years of WG Grace was shortlisted for the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year.

Charlie also presents documentaries and series for BBC radio, has written radio comedy for the BBC and RTE and can occasionally be found performing his one-man show about the shipping forecast at a theatre near you. He lives by the sea far enough from his beloved Charlton Athletic to miss them terribly.

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