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Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

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Roger Deakin set out in 1996 to swim through the British Isles. The result a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep affinity for water. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain. Detained by water bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted in the Fowey estuary by coastguards, mistaken for a suicude on Camber sands, confronting the Corryvreckan whirlpool in the Hebrides, he discovers just how much of an outsider the native swimmer is to his landlocked, fully-dressed fellow citizens. Encompassing cultural history, autobiography, travel writing and natural history, "Waterlog" is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

Sport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSwimming & divingTravel & MapsPlaces & peoples: pictorial worksTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 18/05/2000 ISBN-13: 9780099282556  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Roger Deakin, who died in 2006, was a writer, filmmaker and environmentalist of international renown. He was a founder member of Friends of the Earth, and co-founded Common Ground. He lived for thirty-eight years in a moated farmhouse in Suffolk. Waterlog, which was first published in 1999, became a word-of-mouth bestseller, and is now an established classic of the nature writing canon.

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This book is classic Roger Deakin. Slightly off the wall but a fascinating story of outdoor swimming from a man with a huge passion for the natural world.

- 29/07/2012
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