Reflections On A Summer Sea

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This is the funny and touching story of a menagerie of eccentric and talented ecologists who, mainly as a hobby, spent forty summers at Lough Ine, a stunning marine lough in a corner of Ireland, where myths seep from the ground like will o' the wisps and, in one of the most unlikely projects in the history of science, were responsible for the reinvention of marine biology. Among the stars of the book are the marine creatures that occupy the lake: sea urchins that won't dine unless they wear a hat, otters that steal experiments, and worms that will only mate by order of the moon. The creatures' eccentric behaviour is matched only by that of the ecologists themselves, whose antics and interactions with their Irish neighbours are all lovingly described with Norton's keen eye for both the wonderful and the absurd. But for all its humour, the book is also a moving account of two ecologists who collaborated for forty years until their friendship came to a tragic end. The book brings together all the rich flavours of Ireland, the wonders of natural history and the magic of being a marine biologist just for the fun of it.

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Trevor Norton's Reflections on a Summer Sea is partly his scientific autobiography and partly the scientific biography of a remarkable tidal inlet from the Atlantic. Professor of marine biology at the University of Liverpool, Norton cut his teeth as a young research student in the mid-1960s at Lough Ine, a small sea loch in county Cork, Ireland. Since 1923 Lough Ine has been probed and prodded by countless generations of students from Ireland and Britain who have counted, identified and wondered about the extraordinary diversity of life that inhabits it. Their published results have made Lough Ine famous amongst ecologists and marine biologists the world over.

Reflections on a Summer Sea provides a wonderful evocation of this little corner of Ireland, the scientists who have worked there and how it has changed over the decades. Norton writes with ease and charm and a particular familiarity engendered over many years. Ireland and the Irish tend to lure the English into an overly romantic and nostalgic paternalism which Norton generally manages to keep at bay. He is aware of "the harsh unyielding land that wears a man down and into an early grave in soil too shallow to dig". But his constant obsevations of quaint advertisements "Cahirsiveen Gun Club--Shooting Strictly Prohibited" still add a pervasive note of whimsy.

Norton remarks on the efforts of Jack Kitching, one of the founders of the research station, to maintain the spirit of the 1950s, "when joints were for carving not smoking , when students were 'good chaps' and 'grand girls'", who were "content to Swallows-and-Amazons away their summers". Here he hits just the right note and his true story could well be about what Arthur Ransome's young heroes got up to when they went to university. A good read for all natural scientists of a certain age and fans of Arthur Ransome. --Douglas Palmer

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A lovely book... a richly nostalgic memoir -- Sunday Express

A nostalgic memoir that's richly entertaining -- Woman and Home Magazine, Sept 2002

Delightful, lyrical, fun... a rich mix, tinged with sadness, that you just want to go on reading -- Choice

Reminiscent of the 'vet' stories by James Heriott -- Belfast Telegraph

‘A lovely book…Norton writes beautifully’ -- Sunday Express

‘Norton captures wonderfully the wit of the local Irish neighbours…making me smile, laugh and scowl’ -- Dive Magazine

‘Reflections on a Summer Sea stands apart, a thoughtful, funny look at life as it was’ -- Home & Country

‘Truly magical’ -- David Puttnam

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