The Shipping Forecast

By Zeb Soanes

By Zeb Soanes

I've read The Shipping Forecast for over 20 years on BBC Radio 4.  Whilst it is in essence vital meteorological data, its poetic-sounding delivery has earned it cult status, inspiring artists, musicians and writers.  I wrote the forward to the recent Shipping Forecast Puzzle Book (below) and here are some of the other books I have enjoyed that celebrate this beguiling British institution.

The Shipping Forecast Puzzle Book

Alan Connor

£14.99 £13.94

The ideal gift for radio lovers, sea dogs and puzzle fiends!

And Now The Shipping Forecast: A Tide of History Around Our Shores

Peter Jefferson


My colleague Peter Jefferson compiled this wonderful history of The Shipping Forecast after hanging up his Radio 4 headphones. His warm and authoritative voice is much missed from the airwaves but thankfully still only a phonecall away.

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast

Charlie Connelly

£9.99 £9.29

Charlie Connely's enviable voyage around the 31 areas of the forecast is a must-read.

The Shipping Forecast: A Miscellany

Nic Compton

£12.99 £12.08

Know your Humber from your Hebrides in Nic Compton’s maritime miscellany.

Rain Later, Good: Painting the Shipping Forecast

Peter Collyer

£22.99 £21.38

See the enigmatic-sounding locations as captured in watercolour by Peter Collyer.

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