It’s said that around England, most people talk about the weather at least once a day to someone. It’s believed it’s due to our unique location with the Gulf Stream warming a country that would otherwise be as cold as Scandinavia. So that’s why we getfour seasons in one day.
Moderate Becoming Good Later is a deeply moving story about one man who attempts to sea kayak the areas of the Shipping Forecast, familiar to anyone who grew up listening to BBC Radio 4. Often described as the national lullaby, the shipping forecast is a source of dependability and calm in an often chaotic world, and has charmed millions of listeners, and aided generations of seafarers across the decades: moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west. Weather. Rain or showers, perhaps becoming thundery. Visibiity: good, occasionally poor. Fair Isle..
No stranger to weathering a storm (after living with a rare life-limiting medical condition, architect, lecturer and kayaker Toby sets out to explore the areas of the Forecast. Taking him to the both tranquil and harsh teas, he finds the real people, places and stories behind the familiar names and imagined environments: and along the way discovers what anchors us to each other.
The book is written by Toby’s sister from his extensive notes and recordings, after his untimely death from liver cancer age just 40. This is both an epic (sometimes choppy) adventure with old friends and new, plenty of wildlife and the ever-present sea.
What a special book. A manifesto for living, loving and laughting, whatever life’s storms and forecasts bring. A guide for us all, whether we are embarking on voyages of our choosing, or dealing with waves and storms dealt us. Sarah Outen
about the author
Katie Annice Carr is an artist and university lecturer. After the death of her brother, she decided to finish telling his story that he so clearly wanted to share after finding extensive notes of his trip. She lives in Barcelona, Spain.