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ISBN 0 7126 8072 1

STARS BENEATH THE SEA

by Trevor Norton

First 1999 published by Century, Random House UK Limited

CONDITION:

A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine. Very little shelf wear. No inscriptions.
Book condition VERY GOOD PLUS.
Dust wrapper is un-clipped and, again has minimal shelf wear. Wrapper condition is VERY GOOD PLUS

Price £4.50 plus postage.

 

Jacket flap blurbs

Stars Beneath the Sea by Trevor Norton:
This is the story of some of the brave, brilliant and sometimes barmy men who 'invented' diving. It is the story of explosive tempers and exploding teeth, of how to juggle live hand grenades and steer a giant rubber octopus.

A series of beautifully written portraits reveals the eccentric exploits of these pioneers. They include Guy Gilpatric who held a world altitude record when only sixteen, wrote a film for Humphrey Bogart, invented snorkelling and loved his wife enough to shoot her. Roy Miner wore a bucket over his head and stole a coral reef. William Beebe wearied of fishing with dynamite and wrestling deadly snakes, so he sealed himself in a metal coffin to dangle half a mile beneath the ocean. John Haldane discovered how human breathing was controlled, saved miners from explosions underground and divers from the deadly bends underwater. His son, Jack, experimented on himself and ended every test unconscious, bleeding or paralysed. Cameron Wright tested the bouncing bomb for the dam busters, made a plastic ear for a dog, a false testicle for a bull and invented a mantrap disguised as a lavatory. He ascended from a depth of 200 feet without breathing equipment to see if his lungs would burst, then studied the effects of underwater explosions by standing closer and closer until shattered by the blast.

The book also traces the evolution of divers from spear fishermen to conservationists, from treasure hunters to archaeologists, from photographers to philosophers.

The sea is a secretive and seductive place and Trevor Norton describes the magic and mystery of being beneath the waves.You may never have wanted to dive, but after this book, it would be a hard heart that wouldn't be tempted to try.

Trevor Norton is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man. He
has authored over 150 scientific publications and books, and is an authority on the history of scientific diving.