Published: 01/09/2011
ISBN: 9781848767010
eISBN: 9781848768642
Format: Paperback/eBook



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Peter Caton was born in 1960 and has always lived in Upminster, Essex. He is married with two children. After training as a polymer chemist, he set up his own business testing and manufacturing adhes... read more

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No Boat Required
Exploring Tidal Islands
by Peter Caton

When is an island not an island? Peter Caton takes us to all four corners of England, Scotland and Wales to find out.

Sharing our nation’s fascination with islands, Peter sets out to be the first person to visit all 43 tidal islands which can be walked to from the UK mainland. Along the way he faces many challenges: precipitous cliffs, vicious dogs, disappearing footpaths, lost bus drivers, fast tides, quicksand and enormous quantities of mud, but also experiences wonderfully scenic journeys by road, rail and on foot. He contrasts the friendly welcome from most islanders and owners with the reluctance of others to permit visits, and tells how he was thrown off one secret island.

An entertaining narrative illustrated with colour photographs, No Boat Required contains a wealth of information as the author unearths many little known facts and stories. It tells of the solitude of the many remote islands and the difficulties of balancing the needs of people and wildlife. We learn of the islands’ varied histories – stories of pirates, smugglers, murder and ghosts, of battles with Vikings, an island claimed by punks and another with its own king. He writes of the beauty of the islands and our coast, and reflects on how these may be affected by climate change.

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Peter Caton's first book, Essex Coast Walk, was published in June 2009. This describes a series of walks along the full length of the Essex coast, with much information on the people, places, history and wildlife encountered on the way. The book was reprinted in November 2009 and continues to sell steadily. A narrative not a guide book, Essex Coast Walk is an easy read, with gentle humour to match the coastline's gentle beauty, and has been appreciated both by people with an interest in the county and by those who just enjoy a good interesting read.

Peter's next book No Boat Required - Exploring Tidal Islands was published in summer 2011. This book describes Peter's visits to the 43 tidal islands which can be walked to from the UK mainland. It includes tales of travelling to the islands - some easy, some less so, information on the islands' history and wildlife, plus many interesting and amusing stories discovered on the way.

Peter's third book Stand Up Sit Down - A Choice to Watch Football was published in June 2012. This chronicles his visits to the 23 English Football League grounds that still have terraces and examines the arguments for and against the choice to stand at football.

In his fourth book, The Next Station Stop - Fifty Years by Train, which will be published in August 2013, Peter revisits locations of childhood holidays on a 10,000 mile tour of Britain, discovering what it’s like to travel on our modern railways and comparing experiences with train journeys made over the last fifty years.

He has just started his fifth book - walking the Suffolk Coast.

http://www.petercatonbooks.co.uk

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