My latest book is Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth, published by Viking / Penguin Books in June 2016.
The tide is the greatest expression of character of our planet, an earth three-quarters covered with water that is constantly moved by the pull of the moon and sun. Tide is a cultural and scientific exploration of the tide, a natural phenomenon of vast forces that we think we know, yet which most of us do not know at all.
My story brings the astronomy, physics and mathematics that were essential to explaining and predicting the movement of the seas together with oceanography and biology, as well as a rich mix of literature, myth and folklore. Tales of sea monsters and naval battles, maritime trade and coastal invasion, are threaded with the unfolding story of scientific discoveries about the tide, and with my own journeys to the unique places carved out by the ageless tides.
I’ll be appearing at various literary festivals and elsewhere to speak about Tide. Details of these events can be found in the news section of this site.