Book review: ‘Estuary’ by Rachel Lichtenstein

Out from London to the Sea.


In Estuary, Rachel Lichtenstein travels on and about the Thames estuary, meeting people with different connections to the place: writers, artists, singers, sailors, bargemen, mudlarkers, cocklers, historians, naturalists, Sealanders.

The book provides an interesting snapshot of a time when traditional ways of life around the estuary are dying out. In this respect, it reminded me of Ronald Blythe's Akenfield, Redmond O’Hanlon's Trawler, and Eric Newby's The Last Great Grain Race: stories of an almost-bygone era.