Image: ‘Reading by the sea’ by Taryn Elliot

 If you’re an ocean enthusiast, you’ll know that the world beneath the waves holds endless mysteries, adventures, and stories waiting to be explored. From the majesty of ocean waves to the depths of marine life, these books curated by the Ocean Film Festival Team offer a captivating journey for ocean lovers. Dive into the pages of these remarkable books and embark on a literary voyage through the world’s oceans.

“The Wave” by Susan Casey

Link: Goodreads

Synopsis: “The Wave” is more than just a book about surfing; it delves into the fascinating world of ocean endeavours and myths. Susan Casey explores how waves are generated, taking readers on a thrilling journey through the power of the sea.

“Swell” by Liz Clark

Links: Swell Voyage | Booktopia

Synopsis: Liz Clark’s incredible journey began when she bought and set sail on her sailboat ‘Swell’ from California. This awe-inspiring memoir recounts her solo voyage around the world, accompanied by a feline companion, and introduces readers to the remarkable people and places she encounters along the way. Soon, you’ll see her story on the big screen in a Hollywood movie.

“Voices of the Ocean” by Susan Casey

Link: Susan Casey’s Website

Synopsis: Dive into the captivating world of dolphins and their astonishing intelligence. Susan Casey delves into the intricacies of dolphin brains and social behaviour, exploring the incredible research conducted over the years to understand these remarkable creatures.

“Oxygen: A Memoir” by William Trubridge

Links: William Trubridge’s Website | Goodreads

Synopsis: Join freediving world record holder William Trubridge on an underwater adventure. In “Oxygen,” Trubridge shares his techniques, love for freediving, and his encounters with breathtaking underwater worlds from around the globe.

“Barbarian Days” by William Finnegan

Link: The Guardian Review

Synopsis: A classic for surfers and ocean enthusiasts alike, “Barbarian Days” takes you on a journey through the 70s and 80s as William Finnegan recounts his surfing adventures in Hawaii, Australia, and the South Pacific. His eloquent writing not only captures the essence of surfing but also connects it to the political events of that era, providing a broader perspective on the world.

“Breath” by James Nestor

Links: James Nestor’s Website | Goodreads

Synopsis: James Nestor, a former journalist for Outside Magazine, explores the science of breathing in “Breath.” Drawing from his experiences covering freediving events, Nestor delves into the fascinating world of how we obtain and utilise oxygen in our bodies. This book is more than just a dive into freediving; it’s a journey into the very essence of life itself.

Lisa Blair: Facing Fear: One Woman’s Solo Voyage Around Antartica

Links: Lisa Blair’s Website

Synopsis: On July 25, 2017, Lisa achieved an unprecedented feat, becoming the first woman to sail solo around Antarctica. But her voyage was far from smooth sailing.

This gripping account takes readers on a harrowing adventure through the treacherous Southern Ocean, where Lisa battled towering icebergs, brutal storms, and heart-stopping isolation. Beyond the physical challenges, “Facing Fear” delves into her inner struggles, offering a poignant exploration of resilience in the face of fear and uncertainty.

Lisa’s voyage becomes a symbol of human tenacity, a testament to her unyielding determination, and a mirror reflecting the depths of her courage. Her story is not just about conquering nature’s fury but also her own doubts and anxieties. “Facing Fear” is an inspiring narrative that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and the unwavering pursuit of a dream against all odds.

Lisa Blair: Facing Fear
Lisa Blair: Facing Fear

For those who find solace, wonder, and inspiration in the ocean’s depths, these books are essential reading. Whether you’re fascinated by waves, intrigued by marine life, or simply love the feeling of saltwater on your skin, these literary treasures will take you on a profound voyage through the ocean’s enchanting world. Dive in and let your imagination set sail on these unforgettable adventures.

And here’s the best part: Summer is the perfect season to grab one of these fantastic books and head to the beach. Picture yourself stretched out on a sun-kissed towel, your toes wiggling in the warm sand, and the rhythmic sound of the waves providing a soothing soundtrack. With a book in hand, you’re not just reading; you’re diving into an adventure while soaking up the sun’s rays.

Whether it’s the thrill of catching the perfect wave, the awe of dolphins’ intelligence, or the allure of sailing solo around the world, these reads are like sunscreen for your soul—protecting you from the mundane and letting your imagination bask in the ocean’s endless possibilities. So, this summer, don’t forget to pack your beach bag, grab a good book, and let the pages transport you to the watery wonders of the world. Happy reading by the ocean! 📚🌊☀️

'Barbarian Days' By William Finnegan
‘Barbarian Days’ By William Finnegan
"Breath" By James Nestor
‘Breath’ By James Nestor

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