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In 1996 Roger Deakin, the late, great nature writer, set out to swim through the British Isles. 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 ...

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May 31, 2007


Waterlog is a joy to read. Roger Deakin has performed a lasting service by showing how we can connect to nature and ourselves by swimming in wild water. It is fascinating to learn that animals such as frogs are unafraid of swimmers. Deakin also shows us the beauty of old swimming pools from the thirties, something we might not have noticed.

I will certainly read Waterlog again, after I find a good map of Britain with which to follow the author's adventures. I am also inspired to swim in wild water.

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