The Sea Inside: A Love Letter to the Sea
Public Talk and Book Signing with Philip Hoare

Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m.
Pre-lecture reception at 6:30 p.m.

A book signing and meet-and-greet after the presentation.

Admission free for Museum Members and $10 for Non-Members.

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The New Bedford Whaling Museum welcomed author and cultural historian, Philip Hoare, on Wednesday, May 14,  for a presentation on his latest book, The Sea Inside. The event included a pre-lecture reception with a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author following the presentation. Hoare is the author of six works of non-fiction. His latest book, The Sea Inside, was released in the USA through Melville House on 8th April.


The Sea Inside

book cover for The Sea InsideA love letter to the sea: part memoir, part travelogue, and part natural history; The Sea Inside is Hoare’s most personal book yet. He sets out on a year-long adventure to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts. The story begins at Hoare’s home near the U.K.’s Solent Strait and journeys on, roughly in the pattern of whales’ migration, to London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand, in search of encounters with animals and people.

Rich with literary references and historical background, Hoare navigates between human and natural history, meeting scientists and tattooed warriors, and animals from whales to bizarre creatures that may or may not be extinct. Hoare describes encounters with our favorite sea mammals: swimming alone with hundreds of dolphins, he feels sonar pulse tick through his body; living on a boat, he learns to recognize individual voices in a whale pod and describes the tender call of mother to child. Like the works of W.G. Sebald and J.A. Baker, Hoare’s The Sea Inside takes the reader on an astounding journey of discovery.


About Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare (born 1958, Southampton) is the author of six works of non-fiction: Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant (1990) and Noel Coward: A Biography (1995), Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the First World War (1997), Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital (2000), and England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia (2005). Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

An experienced broadcaster, Hoare wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three films for BBC’s Whale Night. He is Visiting Fellow at Southampton University, and Leverhulme Artist-in-residence at The Marine Institute, Plymouth University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011. He is also co-curator, with Angela Cockayne, of the Moby-Dick Big Read,

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