The Way to the Sea

My book, The Way to the Sea, is out now in both hardback and paperback. It is available to buy at all good book retailers, including Waterstones, Blackwell’s, Amazon (in both the UK and the US), and your local independent bookshop (use this tool to find one near you and order directly from them).

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.


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“Crampton’s account of her lifelong relationship with this storied waterway is as elegant and sinuous as the river she loves”
The Economist

“You won’t find a more elegantly written guide to this strange, little regarded and generally unloved section of the British landscape”
Christopher Hart in the Literary Review

“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.”
Ian Critchley in the Sunday Times

“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.”
Rose George in the New Statesman

“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”
Sinclair McKay in the Spectator

“It’s a wise, fascinating and informative exploration of [the estuary’s] history, geography and literature”
Rebecca Armstrong in the i newspaper

“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.”
William Moore in the Evening Standard

“A thoughtful, beautifully written appreciation”
– Yachting Monthly magazine

“Lyrically-written. . . This book was a treat”
– Marsali Taylor in Practical Boat Owner magazine

Questions and queries about the rights/publication should be directed to my agent, Sophie Lambert at Conville and Walsh. You can read a longer synopsis of the book on the publisher’s website. For publicity and events, please contact Pru Rowlandson at Granta.