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On the Broken Shore

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Leo Kemp's life should be idyllic, but beneath the tranquil surface of his life heartbreak lingers. A few years ago his son drowned in an accident at sea, and Leo and his family cannot come to terms with his death. But when tragedy again touches the family, it is Leo who is the apparent victim.
Paperback, 295 pages
Published August 9th 2010 by HarperTorch (first published May 1st 2010)
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Deborah Mantle
Dec 06, 2012 Deborah Mantle rated it liked it
In ‘On the Broken Shore’, James MacManus offers some interesting insights into human-wildlife relations. On a field trip with his students off the coast of Cape Cod, marine biologist Leo Kemp is swept overboard. Kemp survives, but instead of returning home to the memories of a dead son, a troubled marriage and the loss of his job, he chooses to remain with a pod of grey seals. How Kemp had reached this point of turning his back on humanity, what he learns from his life with the seals and how his ...more
Jayne Charles
Dec 31, 2012 Jayne Charles rated it it was amazing
There were lots of aspects of this book that might have made me dislike it. The dense science sections that punctuated the plot. The discovery that just when you thought you were finished with the backstory, along came a bit more. The nagging sensation that what happened was....well.....a bit unfeasible.

Despite all that, this book gets five stars from me, because it kept me reading long into the night, and very few books have done that. However unfeasible it might have been, the central plot w
Apr 15, 2010 Robyn marked it as to-read
Just met the author when he came into the store to sign copies of the book. I now have my own signed copy dedicated to me and the author's number to let him know whether I liked it or not!!!
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bought it for $4 but didn't like it, it was a waste of my time!!!
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James MacManus has worked in the newspaper business for 46 years. He is currently the Managing Director of the Times Literary Supplement.

He is the author of On the Broken Shore (The Language of the Sea, UK edition), and Ocean Devil: The Life and Legend of George Hogg which was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

His latest book, Black Venus, is a vivid novel of Charles Baudelaire and his
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