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  • A spring tide of colour and historical anecdote laps over the more austere mudflats of the actual science. So much so that I find myself looking forward to the next piece of technical exposition

    Tom Whipple, The Times
  • Imagine, if possible, a gently studious Bill Bryson crossed with an upbeat and relaxed WG Sebald. It is a superb book... a delight to read. It is profound and powerful, and should win prizes.

    James McConnachie, Sunday Times
  • This fascinating book deftly explores the dramatic history, critical importance, and scientific wonder of the tides. Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a marvelous guide who takes the reader on a sweeping and thought-provoking adventure into the heart of one of the most captivating, mysterious, and elemental forces of nature

    Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse
  • Prepare for a voyage with the best of companions - Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a storyteller supreme, and he's found a subject worthy of his talents

    Edward Dolnick, author of The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • Science writing at its best ... fascinating and beautiful

    Matt Ridley on 'Periodic Tales'
  • Immensely engaging and continually makes one sit up in surprise

    Richard Cohen on 'Periodic Tales', Sunday Times
  • Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well

    Graham Farmelo on 'Periodic Tales', Sunday Telegraph
  • Engaging and thoughtful... Like some of the most compelling biographers, Aldersey-Williams partly inhabits his subject

    Literary Review on The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century
  • Exposes new facts and ideas every other page

    Horatio Clare, Observer
  • Aldersey-Williams's corrective meshes a history of the science with tide-related technologies and tidally sculpted events. It's an eloquent ebb and flow

    Nature

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