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  • Elegantly combining a tour of Britain's ports, coasts and islands with a tour of an imaginary ship that contains fragments acquired across the centuries, Tom Nancollas has written an enchanting and thoughtful account of Britain's rich maritime heritage.

    David Abulafia, author of The Great Sea and The Boundless Sea
  • Tom Nancollas takes us aboard eleven historic vessels, covering three and a half millennia of British Maritime history, from the Middle Bronze Age to the early 20th century. Each ship has its own story to tell, which Tom brings to life with astonishing clarity. This book is written with passion and sympathy. It will live with me for a very long time.

    Francis Pryor, author of The Fens
  • A fascinating voyage of discovery

  • Vivid... Poignant... Nancollas tells fine tales, rich with that sherrycask fragrance of a world so immediate, yet so very long ago

  • The Ship Asunder is a first-class book. It is superbly readable and entirely serious, questioning not just how Britain thinks of its maritime past, and indeed itself, but how history is written, understood and enacted. It is a work of experiential historiography, if you like - and a delight

    Times Literary Supplement
  • There are few physical remains of Britain's maritime past. Nancollas pieces together what he can find of the fragments of this lost world, often in unlikely places ... Remarkable and poignant ... A gem of a book

    Ben Wilson, The Times

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