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And Now the Shipping Forecast
And Now the Shipping Forecast

And Now the Shipping Forecast

A Tide of History Around Our Shores


256 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: April 2012

ISBN 9781906860158

Rights: US & CA

UIT Cambridge Ltd. (Apr 2012)


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Tales of a BBC radio phenomenon

This affectionate look at the revered British radio broadcast surveys the history and lore of the four-times daily announcements of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. Written from the perspective of an announcer who read the on-air forecast for nearly 40 years, this book begins with the genesis of the forecast itself. This narrative spans from 19th-century inventions of the Beaufort wind scale and Fitzroy's barometer and the founding of the British Meteorological Office to maritime codes, conventions, and traditions and life on the ocean wave. With a look at how technological progress has intervened in the collation, production, and transmission of the Shipping Forecast, this book shows how the broadcasts earned such a deep-rooted place in the audiences' psyche.


"For this daily dose of the beautiful to work, nothing is more important than the god who administers it. None has been more perfect in the last few years than Peter Jefferson, the voice of perfect modulation, the near-equal of the incomparable Charlotte Green, neither thin nor fruity, effortlessly clear, understanding that the beauty of the moment depends on restraint and the absence of any hint of doubt." —The Guardian

"A WW2 recording by Terry Grogan, naval engineer on HMS Hood, surfaces on ebay. He died when the Bismarck attacked the ship in 1941. Peter Jefferson, author of And now the shipping forecast tells of his joy at hearing the voice of his uncle who preferred to make recordings rather than to write letters." Interview, BBC

Author Biography

Peter Jefferson is a former radio announcer and news reader for the British Broadcasting Corporation who read the Shipping Forecast up until his retirement. Since then he has performed voiceovers and appeared on various radio and television programs, including The Bill, Holby City, My Family, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.