Edge of Heaven Jacket

Edge of Heaven: The Yorkshire Coast


introduced by Selina Scott

featuring contributions from: Ian Clayton, Margaret Drabble, R.J. Ellory, Lee Hanson, Roy Hattersley, David Joy, Ian McMillan, W.R. Mitchell, Blake Morrison, Alan Plater, Martin Wainwright

edited by Lee Hanson


This distinctive, fascinating and imaginative book takes you on a unique tour along the entire length of Yorkshire’s breathtaking coastline as seen through the eyes of a group of exceptional writers. Written in a variety of creative and entertaining styles each contribution offers a personal reflection on this haunting, beautiful and much loved part of the county. It is a book that will surprise and delight both those familiar with the area and also travellers just passing through.

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Product Description

There has been an array of books written about the Yorkshire Coast. Books about its people, major historical events, famous individuals, its geology, its geography, its native fauna and wildlife, its industries, its towns, its villages and its principal landmarks. This book is none of them and in some small way it is all of them.

Written in a variety of styles and forms Edge of Heaven: The Yorkshire Coast is a collection of individual responses by a group of exceptional writers. Each contribution offers a unique personal perspective on this haunting, beautiful and much loved part of Yorkshire.

Edge of Heaven: The Yorkshire Coast is a distinctive and imaginative publication that takes readers on a unique tour along the entire length of Yorkshire’s Coastline from Redcar and Saltburn to Spurn Head and Hull.

The book presents a range of different places, people, stories and experiences from the Yorkshire coast, giving readers a new perspective on this most iconic of coastlines. Ian Clayton, writer and broadcaster, recounts his time along the Yorkshire coast some years ago filming “Clayton’s Coast” while novelist, poet and playwright Blake Morrison’s contribution takes the form of a narrative – a teenage trip to Scarborough which is interwoven with the history of the resort.

Fully illustrated with over 100 images, many specially commissioned. All major landmarks, settlements and coastal areas included. A book to read, share and treasure.


Reviews and related articles

Martin Wainwright, 22nd August 2011
The drama, excitement and secrecy behind our county’s mighty but unstable seashore…

Gaynor Barnes, talking to Ian Clayton on ITV Calendar News, 17th August 2011
It’s fantastic…Well worth a read

Selina Scott, 2nd August 2011
All we most treasure about our Coastal heritage, seen through the observation and imagination of some of Britain’s finest writers…

Yorkshire Post, 14th July 2011
Iconic landscape provides literary inspiration

The Press (York), 9th July 2011
Lavishly illustrated with some stunning photographs of the Yorkshire coast, Edge of Heaven – a large, coffee table-sized book that runs to 190 sumptuous pages – is a joyful celebration of the charms and idiosyncracies of the Yorkshire coast and its sea…

Guy Pringle, Newbooks magazine, 1st July 2011
Top marks to Great Northern for venturing to publish this book… What it most definitely is is worth checking out.


Additional Information

Weight 852 g




No of Pages