Around These Islands in 12 Ports
Exploring maritime Britain and Ireland by sail

A donation of £10 for every book and all revenue from the e-book will go to The Mission to Seafarers.

Sailing round Britain may be one of your life goals, or you may be an armchair sailor interested in coastal history. Either way, this is a book that could interest you.

The book follows Anne and Jonathan Winter aboard the British-built GT35 yacht Nova as they explore twelve landmark ports on the coast of Britain and Ireland. Covering more than 2,500 nautical miles and staying in 69 places over 155 days, they set out to dig deeper into the history and identity of these islands.

In the book you’ll find sailing stories and images together with an article from each port, written by local historians and award-winning authors, and produced in association with think-tank These Islands. Together these paint a hopeful picture of generous, resilient people and places that have faced challenges before, doing all they can to invent themselves again.

Ports and authors

Southampton The Invisible Sea Matt Kerr
London The Canvey Island Charedim Daniel Sugarman
Hull Wool, Whales and Wind turbines Robb Robinson
Dundee Comings and Goings Michael Marra
Stromness Made of Stories Nick Isbister
Oban The Little Bay with a Big Reputation Mike Robertson and John Howe
Belfast Titanic Port Alf McCreary
Dublin Taming the Dangerous Bay Lar Joye and Yvonne Shields O’Connor
Holyhead Gateway to Ireland Iolo Griffiths
Milford Haven Dreams and Visions Simon Hancock
Bristol Shipshape and Bristol Fashion Tim Bryan
Falmouth Wild Promise of the Western Ocean Philip Marsden