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DEAKIN, ROGER - Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

Fine condition. Chatto & Winddus, 1999. First UK edition-3rd printing(4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3). Red hardback(silver lettering to the spine, small nick on the edge of the back cover)in fine condition, with Dj(tear and crease on the edge of the back Dj cover, two small nicks, crease and a scratch on the Dj cover) in near fine condition. Illustrated with b/w drawings. The book is as new with a very small mark and nick on the outer edges of the pages, light shelf wear on the Dj cover. Illustrations by David Holmes. 360pp including Index of Places. Price un-clipped. Rare and collectable first edition. This is another paragraph Review: The British Isles are blessed with a whole variety of waterways often encompassed within beautiful valleys, rolling hills, green fields and rugged coast lines. The presence of a flowing stream, waterfall or an idyllic pond can enhance a picturesque landscape. n nWhile swimming in the moat located in his own back garden, inspired by thoughts of his son's current quest travelling in Australia and John Cheever's classic short story, The Swimmer, Roger Deakin decided he would undertake his own adventure and swim across Britain. n nThe Rambling Association's Right to Roam campaign is well publicised in the UK, so should that not include our right to swim in our lakes, dykes, and tarns? Deakin was ready to prove it did and planned a trip around Britain which would take him to numerous wild swimming venues. n nWaterlog, is Deakin's account of his journey. He seeks out tarns high in the hills of north Wales, swims with salmon in Somerset and eels in the Fens. He describes the nature he sees around him from his unusual perspective inches above water level. His love of swimming away from the confines of a swimming pool comes through strongly in his writing. Wild swimming is an unusual hobby in modern society as we are constantly told how our rivers and lakes have become polluted by large industries disposing of waste via waterways and chemical fertilisers washing off farmers fields into out rivers. During his visit to a weir on the River Avon in Worcestershire, Deakin's hosts and fellow swimmers show him a letter they have received from the local environment agency outlining the dangers of swimming in the river. The letter describes how sewage can constitute up to 80 percent of the river flow and increase the risk of catching Weil's disease. Deakin takes in the scientific argument, arguing that the figures show that very few people catch Weil's Disease in the UK and of those who do, they are invariably not river swimmers. n nDeakin has produced a deeply personal account of his journey. He informs us of any cultural, historical or geographic points of interest in a highly descriptive writing style which does not, however, read as an adventure story. Unfortunately, this means there is no climax to the book as a whole, but it does mean each chapter stands alone as a description of each area. Together, they make an interesting read and leave the reader with a wealth of information from an unusual perspective. --Stephen Payne n nReview nThe chapters unfurl like a warm tide of pleasant anecdotage. - Daily Telegraph nA wonderful and romantic tale told by a true English eccentric. think Ratty, think Mole--enchanting. Fine/Near Fine. ISBN: 9780701166526
GBP 145.00 [Appr.: EURO 166 US$ 183.13 | JP¥ 19838] Booknumber: 3096

Total: GBP 145.00 [Appr.: EURO 166 US$ 183.13 | JP¥ 19838]

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