The book is a journey down the river Thames from source to sea, with a particular focus on the often-overlooked landscape of the estuary. It’s also a memoir about my family’s unusual arrival in Britain and my childhood growing up sailing on the outer Thames. Lastly, the book aims to provide a deeper understanding of the estuary, of its history, politics, literature and art, and of what its future might hold as the way places are valued and preserved changes.
You can read a profile of me in the Guardian, see a detailed Q&A with me about the book on the Five Books website, and find press coverage for it below. Extracts have been published in the i newspaper and on Granta’s website.
There are also links to book tickets for the events further down this page. To be the first to find out when I’m coming to your area, sign up for occasional email updates about the book here.
“You won’t find a more elegantly written guide to this strange, little regarded and generally unloved section of the British landscape”
“Crampton writes beautifully of the area’s charms. Her first-hand knowledge of navigating the river gives the book a descriptive power that brings the whole area superbly to life.”
“Caroline Crampton is a child of the estuary, and the book is her praise-hymn to the muddy, marshy far reaches of a river that is often seen only as a backdrop to the great buildings of Oxford and London.”
“Caroline Crampton’s atmospheric and movingly written exploration of the Thames, and that once-industrial estuary, is especially illuminating on the soul of the river”
“It’s a wise, fascinating and informative exploration of [the estuary’s] history, geography and literature”
“She writes movingly, sometimes with flecks of nostalgia or melancholy, but ultimately her book is a rallying call for greater appreciation of the maligned and overlooked.”
“A thoughtful, beautifully written appreciation”
Yachting Monthly magazine
“Lyrically-written. . . This book was a treat”
Marsali Taylor in Practical Boat Owner magazine