22 May 2018

Beachcombing books

I've only got a couple of books to help me in my beachcombing so far, but I'm looking forward to getting more.
The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline by Steve Trewhella and Julie Hatcher is really in-depth and fascinating. It mainly concentrates on all the living things that you will find washed up on the beach, and it arrived just after some big storms so I found it really useful! It hasn't much in it about sea glass or pottery, which are what I mainly go to the beach to find, but I didn't mind this at all as I am interested in all the things I see around me when I'm beachcombing.

The other book is The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass. This has beautiful photos in it, and lots of helpful tips. I did have a couple of problems with the book, though, one on the production side and the other with the way it was written. I found that the placement of a lot of the photos didn't tie up with how they were mentioned in the text - the book would say that a photo was below when it was above, or mention something on the left of the photo that was actually on the right. I also felt that the writer spent a bit too much time talking about how good her own powers of identifying sea glass are, which came across as a tiny bit arrogant although I'm sure she didn't mean it that way.

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