In celebration of the reopening of Karma Beach Bali (which happens to be set on the most gorgeous and pristine beach in Bali), we’re sharing five reads themed around the deep blue. These are curated by Karma Group Literary Luminary and Ultimate Library’s Philip Blackwell who happens to have one of the most interesting jobs in the world – providing bespoke book collections and libraries for hotels, resorts, private residences and retail spaces.
1. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Charles Arrowby is determined to spend the rest of his days in hermit-like contemplation, so he buys a mysteriously damp house on the coast, far from the heady world of the theatre where he made his name. But when he encounters his childhood sweetheart, Hartley, instead of ‘learning to be good’, Charles proceeds to demonstrate how very bad he can be.
2. How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley
From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding in Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan Gooley draws on his pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and to equip us all with the skills that we need to read the lifeforce that is all around us.
3. The Boundless Sea by David Abulafia
Following merchants, explorers, pirates, cartographers and travellers in their quests for spices, gold, ivory, slaves, land and knowledge, David Abulafia has created an extraordinary narrative of humanity and the oceans in this fabulous book. The Boundless Sea shows how maritime networks came to form a continuum of interaction and interconnection across the globe.
4. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia from the Western Front and becomes the lighthouse keeper on the island of Janus Rock. He and his wife Isabel yearn for a child, but after two miscarriages and a stillbirth, a miracle comes in the form of a bundle in a boat that drifts ashore. Years later, the couple visit the mainland with their daughter, a choice that plunges their existence into chaos.
5. Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith
In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself – a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the development from a ball of cells under the water’s surface to an intricate creature, we discover the details of the inner ocean.