Town Is by the Sea

By Joanne Schwartz

Illustrated by Sydney Smith

While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea.

Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Footpath Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a mining town will enthral children and move adult readers, as a young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406377385
  • Published: 06 Apr 2017
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 215 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 52

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'An atmospheric, haunting story about a young boy whose father digs for coal beneath the sea.' The Bookseller

'This haunting book, beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolour, bears record to a long-gone way of life. […]A book that demands to be studied and thought about.' LoveReading, Andrea Reece

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