Our favourite marine-themed reads

Erin O'Neill By: Erin O'Neill
Date posted: 23 April 2020

We can feel a connection to the sea in lots of ways – be that through learning online, making crafts or watching videos. One of the best resources we have are books. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites that will help to transport you to tranquil waves, spectacular coasts or ferocious high seas.

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The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

A true story of coping with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Set on the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

The story follows the life of the mysterious ‘Marsh Girl’. Set in the North Carolina marshes, expect to be transported to the marsh’s hidden forests, snaking rivers and empty coves, breathe in the salty sea air and enjoy some true armchair escapism.

Moby-Dick or, the Whale – Herman Melville

One of the most famous books of all time, we couldn’t compile this list without including Moby-Dick. An adventure set in the wilderness of the high seas, following the obsessive pursuit of a white whale.

Blowfish’s Oceanopedia – Tom ‘The Blowfish’ Hird

The world’s only heavy metal marine biologist (and MCS Ocean Ambassador!) Tom Hird, takes us on an epic tour of our ocean and the weird and wonderful creatures that live below the waves.

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier – Ian Urbina

An investigative reporter takes a deep dive into the criminal activities taking place in the world’s lawless and unmonitored ocean regions, uncovering a vast global network of corruption.

The Deep – Alex Rogers

A fascinating account of the treasures that lie beneath the ocean’s surface from a leading marine biologist.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Worldwide bestseller. The story of a young man who survives a shipwreck and months in a lifeboat with a large Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest to Save the Seas - Liz Cunningham

Liz Cunningham crosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our dazzling but endangered oceans. Follow her journey as she encounters conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua New Guinea.

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers - Adam Nicolson

Over the last 60 years, the world population of seabirds has dropped by around 70%. Adam Nicolson’s book explores their mastery of wind and ocean, and the beauty of the coasts and islands they flock to, creating a rallying cry to save them from extinction.

Rowing After the White Whale: A Crossing of the Indian Ocean by Hand - James Adair

This inspiring tale is the true story of two friends who, over a boozy Sunday lunch, decided to cross the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius in a small rowing boat.

How to Live Plastic Free: a day in the life of a plastic detox – Marine Conservation Society

This book will teach you everything you need to know about reducing your plastic usage on a daily basis. The chapters start with a typical morning routine and take you through your day. Look out for the paperback version, coming out on June 4.

If you’d like to find out more, you can keep up to date with our favourite marine-themed books on our Goodreads account and follow us on Instagram where we’ll be sharing some of our staff’s favourite reads.