Tom Forte cycles the coastline - looking out to sea. The broadcast is about right for a book read just before sleep. Channel Shore contrasts with that other book about travels around the coast by Paul Theroux (The Kingdom by the Sea). Theroux wondered why the British sat in their cars looking out to sea through their windscreens at the greyness. I find a humour in Theroux that is absent from Forte, but I guess they are written with different audiences in mind.
The broadcast is descriptive - what has Forte learned from all this travelling and research? How has it informed how he sees the shoreline he describes to us? How does Tom Forte feel about all this history? This literature? This past use of the shoreline? How has all this affected the way he sees, hears and feels the shoreline? Forte leaves us to draw our own conclusions - fair enough, I’m just saying I’d like to hear what he thinks. Now that Paul Theroux fella leaves in no doubt as to what he thinks - but Theroux is not to everyone's taste either - but I prefer him.