4 out of 5 stars

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Living near the coast we have spent a lot of time on the beach because we can. Over the years the children have accumulated a hefty number of different sized and shaped shells that we have been laying out under the front window of our home. I knew what some of them were, in particular the limpets, oysters and the occasional razor clam. We have even found scallop shells before now, but there is a lot of shells that were acquired which I had not got a clue what they were. This book helped with identifying them.

Thankfully this book first published in 1961 has been produced in this new edition with a beautiful fold-out cover with glorious colour artwork of the shells that you can find on the UK shoreline. It is an informative and very interesting book on all manner of shells. There are lots of details about tiny shells that are only a few millimetres long that you might on come across when scouring the sands when the tide is out.

It is a perfect volume to accompany the Pebbles On the Beach by Clarence Ellis that was published a little while back and it is a worthy addition to your shelves.

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