Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
The Story of Swimming
Foyalty 73
The Story of Swimming (Hardback)
Order now for Free delivery in the UK for orders over £10 or choose Express Delivery to receive in 2 business days. More on delivery...
Order Options
List Price
Online Price
Save
Availability
Delivery:

To home, business or free to our stores. Click for more info.

List Price: £25.00
Online Price: £18.25
Save: 27%
Availibility: Despatched in 2 business days.
Click & Collect:

Order now to collect from 11am today. In stock items only. Click for more info.

List Price: £25.00
Online Price: £25.00
Save:  
Availibility: Stores - out of stock.
 

Product Synopsis

In recent years, wild swimming a movement that has inspired people to plunge into river, lake and sea in search of natural or challenging swimming experiences has become extremely popular in Britain. But this phenomenon is only the latest episode in a long, fascinating and hitherto untold story. Passionate outdoor swimmer Susie Parr sets out to trace the social history of bathing in Britain, from the earliest references in Roman and Anglo Saxon literature to the decline of British seaside resorts and traditional bathing clubs in the late 20th century. 'The Story of Swimming 'reveals discoveries in medieval and Elizabethan literature and tells how medicinal sea-bathing flourished in the 18th century, leading to the rise of elegant watering places such as Brighton and Scarborough. The book examines the role of bathing in the Romantic Movement and in the works of a line of literary swimmers from Wordsworth to Iris Murdoch. It explores the political aspects of swimming too: when the masses descended on Victorian seaside resorts, class-based conflicts centred on bathing were played out on the beaches of Britain. Over the centuries, swimming has even reflected changing perceptions of the role of women. Each phase of this extraordinary story is captured in different swimming experiences across the British Isles, from Orkney to Tenby. Comprehensive and lavishly illustrated with woodcuts, engravings, cartoons, paintings and photographs (some by acclaimed photographer, Martin Parr), 'The Story of Swimming' is a must for everyone who enjoys bathing out of doors.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: sport & leisureSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSwimming & diving Publisher: Dewi Lewis Media Ltd Publication Date: 01/11/2011 ISBN-13: 9781905928071  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Despatched in 2 business days. Login for Quick Checkout Add to Basket

More books by Susie Parr

Leave Review

Delivery

Please note for the New & Used Marketplace different terms and conditions apply.

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location1st BookEach additional bookAverage Delivery Time
UK Second ClassAvailable free for orders over £10* or £2.50Available free for orders over £10* or £1.003-7 Days
UK First Class£4.50£1.001-2 Days
UK Courier£7.00£1.001-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier£17.00£3.002-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail£5.00£1.504-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier£20.00£3.002-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail£7.00£3.004-14 Days
Rest of World Courier£22.50£3.003-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail£8.00£3.007-21 Days

* Available free for orders over £10 = When offered a delivery preference choose 'For Cheapest Postage' for our freepost in the UK offer. This is not available on the 'For Faster Delivery' option.

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

A History of the British Cavalry,...
(Hardback)
George Charles Henry Victor...
 
£40.00
£29.20
27%
The English Town, 1680-1840:...
(Paperback)
Rosemary Sweet
 
£37.99
£37.99
 
The Victoria History of the County of...
(Hardback)
L.F. Salzman
 
£60.00
£60.00
 
Famine in the Land of Ulster
(Paperback)
Michael Sheane
 
£7.99
£6.79
15%
Latest Blog
GUEST BLOG: Majorca's mystical past
29/01/2015

Jessica Cornwell, granddaughter of John le Carré, reveals how researching the great Catalan writer Ramon Llull helped bring her debut thriller, The Serpent Papers, to life.

Pretty as a picture book
09/01/2015

One of the most fun things about becoming a parent is rediscovering the magical world of children's picture books. Charlotte Pope, who runs the Children's department at our Bristol Cabot Circus branch, picks out some of the best recent titles that should make bedtime stories fun for all involved.

The best fiction of 2014
15/12/2014

Many at Foyles feel that 2014 been a very good year for fiction and our customers seem to agree, with big leaps in sales in all our branches. Our web editor, Jonathan Ruppin, looks at why this might be, selects his top titles and explains why Dutch novelist Peter Buwalda's Bonita Avenue is his book of the year.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd