Roger Deakin

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Narrated By: Roy McMillan

Duration: 11 hours and 42 minutes

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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.

© Roger Deakin 1999 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Autobiography: sport, Cultural studies, Swimming & diving, Sea life & the seashore: general interest

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I jumped in with both feet and wanted to stay for more.

Griff Rhys-Jones

A delicious, cleansing, funny, wise and joyful book, so wonderfully full of energy and life. I loved it

Jane Gardam

Deakin has written an aquatic Songlines.

Heathcote Williams

Erudite, funky and passionate, a total delight

Independent on Sunday

Charmingly and elegantly written