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Dark, Salt, Clear

The Life of a Fishing Town

by Lamorna Ash

Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash X
Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash
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    Dec 2020, 336 pages

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Lamorna Ash blends memoir with travel writing in this ode to the Cornish village of Newlyn, documenting its people's strong ties to the sea and their unique way of life.

Named after Lamorna Cove in her mother's rural home county of Cornwall (located in southwestern Britain), Lamorna Ash has always felt drawn to the area, despite having grown up in cosmopolitan London. Finally taking the plunge, she makes the move to Newlyn in an attempt to connect with her heritage, finding an unexpected sense of kinship with the local fishermen when they allow her to join them on a series of excursions out to sea.

Preconceptions would have many of us assume a young city dweller might be made to feel unwelcome in a remote village, subject to scorn as the only novice (not to mention the only woman) onboard the fishing vessels. Instead, it was heartening to see how welcome Ash was made to feel. The locals have an obvious sense of pride in their community, and Ash's desire to learn compels them to invite her in, soon seeing her as one of their own.

From here, Ash ...

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