A wonderful portrait of a key region of our world. With evocative writing and scientific rigor, Harry Thurston takes us from the deep time of drifting continents to the environmental challenge of today. —Ronald Wright
Harry Thurston is the best naturalist/writer in the Maritimes (and probably well beyond), and any book by him is well worth the read. This one is an especially valuable addition to anyone’s library and a veritable fount of knowledge about the wildlife of the Atlantic Coast and about that world itself. —Farley Mowat
The Atlantic Coast, a sweeping overview of thousands of kilometres of shoreline by prolific East Coast environmental writer and poet Harry Thurston. —Tyrone Burke, Canadian Geographic
Here is a book that will make you swoon . . . Harry Thurston and Wayne Barrett are a dream team. Both are gifted, multiple-award-winning artists, but it is their intimate knowledge of and profound appreciation of and relationship with nature that makes this book exceptional. Thurston gives us the big picture of the Atlantic coast’s ecosystem, his writing accessible to a wide audience . . . Bravo to David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books for finding Thurston and Barrett. This is a book that comes along once in a generation. —The Buzz
. . . often-lyrical narration and the book’s luminous photographs submerge the reader in the experience of nature . . . —Atlantic Books Today
Sometimes the natural wonders of the world are right in your own backyard. And now, one of the region’s best-known nature writers is putting the Atlantic Coast of North America on the map as one of the richest and most diverse coastal regions in the world with a new book, The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History. —The Guardian Newspaper (PEI)
Mixing observations, in-depth research, and vivid prose, Thurston explores the region’s geologic, ecologic, and cultural history, from the plate tectonics that created the landscape millions of years ago to the recent legislation protecting the degraded waterways of the east coast. Barrett’s gorgeous color photographs of land, sea, and sky supplement Thurston’s vivid descriptions, reminding us of our country’s great beauty. —Publisher’s Weekly
Thurston’s writing is well-researched, clear and engaging, and the pictures, taken by photographer Wayne Barrett, are nothing less than astounding and beautiful . . . Certainly a worthy read. —Michael Johnsen, The Telegram
About the Author
Wayne Barrett is a partner in Barrett & MacKay Photography. His photographs have been featured in advertisements, magazines, and calendars and have appeared in numerous books. He lives in Prince Edward Island.
Harry Thurston is the author of several collections of poetry and twelve nonfiction books, including Tidal Life: A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, winner of three non-fiction prizes in the Atlantic region; The Nature of Shorebirds: Nomads of the Wetlands; and A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh, which received the 2005 Sigrid Olson Nature Writing Award in the United States and was shortlisted for the 2005 BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He has also written for such magazines as Audubon, Canadian Geographic, and National Geographic. Thurston lives in Nova Scotia.