Friday, January 1, 2010

Book recommendation: 'Grey Skies, Green Waves', by Tom Anderson

Grey Skies, Green Waves is the new book by Tom Anderson, the author of two other excellent surf books Riding the Magic Carpet and Chasing Dean. Whilst it's not out in the shops until June, I've had the pleasure of reading an uncorrected sampler and can say with certainty that we're in for a treat when the final version is released. It's a complement to Tom's other two books and follows the author on his travels around these shores. As with all of his writing, it's written with the same dry, self-deprecating humour which not only makes you smile but also gently informs along the way. Then there's the characters and stories that are more than enough to keep the pages turning. It's likely to become not only one of the defining books on British surfing but I would venture to suggest on the essence of surfing itself and why we all continue to paddle out in freezing cold mid-Winter conditions in the hope of catching a few walls of saltwater back to shore.

The publishers have so far provided the following summary: "So this is surfing in Britain, I told myself as I grumpily walked up a slope of wet rocks and wispy beach grass, trying to keep a foothold as rain and wind both tried their utmost to send me skidding back down to the freezing beach below." Tom Anderson has always loved surfing - anywhere except the UK. But a chance encounter leads him to a series of adventures on home surf...As he visits the popular haunts and secret gems of British surfing he meets the Christians who pray for waves (and get them), loses a competition to a non-existent surfer, is nearly drowned in the River Severn and has a watery encounter with a pedigree sheep. All this rekindles his love affair with the freezing fun that is surfing the North Atlantic. This title includes: national radio and newspaper interviews, features and reviews; extensive coverage in surfing, sport, travel and youth media (including websites and blogs) as well as regional coverage in Wales and South West. The author writes for the surfing press and has a big following. His previous book has been entered for a major Welsh book prize, if it is shortlisted, it will receive much publicity." You can pre-order the book from amazon.

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