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Attention All Shipping

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18th January 2024

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The hilarious bestselling travel book that journeys round areas made famous by Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast



‘One of those simple yet brilliant ideas’ Daily Mail

‘Engaging and often very funny’ Sunday Times

‘A wonderfully eccentric study’ Observer

The Shipping Forecast is a curious piece of broadcasting; at once impenetrably baffling yet at the same time reassuringly familiar, most of us have grown up with this sonorous gazetteer firmly planted in our subconscious. But where are these places, and what secrets do they conceal? Charlie Connelly sets off on a journey round the forecast to find out, unearthing the history and culture behind one of Britain’s best-loved broadcasting institutions.

More than simply a hilarious travel book, Attention All Shipping ensures that the evocative stanzas of the shipping forecast will remain a mystery no more.

A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

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Observer
A wonderfully eccentric study
Sunday Times
An engaging and often very funny book in which a metropolitan man, buffeted by winds and high seas, travels from Norway's smallest island to Europe's westernmost pointing search of the reality behind the reassuring Radio 4 recital
Irish Times
A comic tribute to a radio bulletin ... also a quirky history of the outposts of northern Europe
Waterstones Books Quarterly
More than a travelogue ... anecdotes delight in the diversity of the remote communities, while biographies of unsung heroes of British maritime history emphasise that the forecast has been crucial in saving lives
Guernsey Press
He brings the shipping forecast to life, revealing the reality to be bizarre, quirky and fantastic
Weekly News
A fascinating and very funny book
Daily Mail
One of those simple yet brilliant ideas... A book that's as gentle and pleasing as the shipping forecast itself
Glasgow Evening Times
Connelly has a light, humorous touch
Bookseller
A real gem
Hampstead and Highgate Express
Charlie Connelly proves to be a suitably intelligent and amusing guide around these coastal stations and provides an illuminating history of the forecast itself
Western Mail
Armchair travelling will never be the same again
Independent on Sunday
If listening to 'Sailing By' to the bitter end every night is the surest sign of a Radio 4 addict, then buying Charlie Connelly's book runs it close
Sunday Tribune
Attention All Shipping went down a storm with this sea lover. It has great humour. It has great atmosphere... a very entertaining read and, believe me, you'll never see cod in the same way again