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A deep dive into the lives of Britain’s grey seals, who have captivated Susan since her childhood

A lyrical mix of natural history and travel, science and shamanism, memoir and myth

The grey seal is globally rare but the British Isles host almost half of the world population. In Where the Seals Sing, her debut work of creative non-fiction, Susan traces the rhythms of seals’ lives, journeying clockwise round the coast in line with the autumn pupping season.

On foot and by boat, she discovers locations both inspiring and surprising, visits the howling heart of a breeding colony and delves beneath the skin of shapeshifting selkie tales. She engages, too, with the many dangers that seals face, from marine debris to toxic pollution.

‘How may we more sensitively co-exist with this charismatic mammal who has swum for so many centuries through our cultural and spiritual lives?’

While loss, both personal and ecological, is a recurring theme of Where the Seals Sing, Susan’s meetings with seals lead to deep and uplifting connection.

Where the Seals Sing is published by William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins UK.


Buy a copy of 'Where the Seals Sing'

Hardback release dates: UK July '22; USA/Canada/Australia/NZ Oct '22. Paperback: UK July '23

Dark blue book cover - 'Where the Seals Sing' in gold lettering and 'Susan Richardson' in white. Two seals swim on either side of the title.

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