The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea
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The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea by Dr Callum Roberts will be under discussion at this meeting by the Global Book Club Plymouth during Plymouth Ocean City Festival.

Our guest expert will be Esther Hughes of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth.

Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts - one of the world's foremost conservation biologists - leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind's relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Callus looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilisation and affected marine life. 

We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilisation, but in the last 20 years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. 

Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Callum offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like Four Fish and The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Ocean of Life takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.

"Roberts's meditation will have readers gasping aloud with wonder, even as the sobering truth of humans' profound interdependence with the sea provokes concern." - Publishers Weekly 

"A timely wake-up call." - Kirkus Reviews

"A Silent Spring for oceans, written by 'the Rachel Carson of the fish world.'"- The New York Times

This free event is open to all. It is not essential to have read the book to join in the discussion.

Email Sue Kay ( for more information.

An initiative of Devon Development Education, Global Book Club Plymouth is supported by Plymouth University.

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