Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

Travel & Maps, Travel Writing, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 18/05/2000
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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 suicide 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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099282556
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 303g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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Treat yourself.This book is not only beautifully written, but will teach you a lot: whether it is about the 'Nanny State' in the guise of the Environment A... READ MORE
Robert Bryan
this a great book
although i have just started Waterlog I have enjoyed this book the little i have read and look forward to reading the rest
Waterlog will captivate you. Deakin writes beautifully and enticingly - you won't be able to resist the urge to read it alone, under a tree, preferably wi... READ MORE
Sarah Clarke
This travelogue of wild swims through the waterways in and around our richly diverse and historical Country is an evocative tour de force of mini adventur... READ MORE
Robert Payton