Have just finished abridging Deep Sea and Foreign Going by Rose George for Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’ slot. Broadcasting week beginning 9 September 2013.
One of those books that, in honesty, I probably wouldn’t pick up in a book shop but which has proved to be absolutely fascinating. The subtitle is a neat summary: “Inside shipping, the invisible industry that brings you 90% of everything”. (The book has already been published in the States as Ninety per cent of Everything.)
George takes a five-week, 9,288 nautical mile trip to Singapore on the frieght-carrying Maersk Kendal. She not only reveals the global industry behind the ship; she covers modern day piracy, underwater noise pollution, missions to seamen, and the terrible reality of search and rescue operations. Quite an eye opener!