Deep Water: The World in the Ocean

James Bradley

Deep Water: The World in the Ocean
Penguin Random House Australia
3 April 2024

Deep Water: The World in the Ocean

James Bradley

'The ocean, like the world, is alive with meaning; to listen to it is to be made aware of the immensity, complexity and impossible beauty of the world ...'

The ocean has shaped and sustained life on Earth for billions of years. Its waters contain our past, from the deep history of evolutionary time to exploration and colonialism; our present, as a place of solace and pleasure, and as the highway that underpins the global economy; and - as waters heat and sea levels rise ever higher - our future.

Deep Water is both a hymn to the beauty, mystery and wonder of the ocean, and a reckoning with our complex relationship to the natural world. It is a book shaped by tidal movements and deep currents, and lit by the presence of other minds and other ways of being. Weaving together science, history and personal reflection it explores the way the ocean connects every living being on Earth, the origins of the environmental catastrophe that is overtaking us and the question of what lies ahead.

Immense in scope but also human and intimate, Deep Water offers new ways of understanding not just our relationship with the planet, but the past - and perhaps most importantly, the future.

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