Wild Swims from the Borderlands
A lyrical account of a year’s wild swimming in Britain
In Dip, Andrew Fusek Peters describes an extraordinary year of wild swimming. He leads us to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and hidden pools, into untamed landscapes that have the potential to surprise and move us in unexpected ways. Following in the wake of great writers such as Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas, Dip combines meditations on place, history and myth with sharp observation and a poet's eye.
As he takes the plunge and immerses himself in the elements, Andrew also begins to surface from a deep depression, making Dip at once a personal journey and about the many ways in which wild water and nature can restore us to ourselves.
Praise for Dip
Acknowledging the influence of Roger Deakins’s pioneering book Waterlog, Peters has written an account that is much more personal but no less wise. Among the current crop of British nature writers, he deserves a prominent place.Piers Moore Ede, TLS
A poetic book…beautiful [and] a thoroughly human storyMatt Haig, The Independent
Dip tells of a total immersion in Nature, a courageous trust in its restorative powers and an authentic experience of the wildPaul Evans, Guardian Country Diarist
Beautiful, lyrical, beguiling and enchanting – a powerful testament to the healing powers of NatureDaniel Start, author of Wild Swimming
PoignantYou Magazine, You Magazine
Candid, personal and poeticThe Scotsman
An affirmation of life and the resilience of the human spirit, and it left me wanting to seek out the places he visitsAlison Ashmore, Shropshire Review Magazine
The outdoor tradition of English writing stretches by way of Gilbert White and Borrow, Cobbett, Jefferies and Hudson, through Williamson to those few authentic outdoor and nature writers – Jim Crumley, Mark Cocker, Paul Evans, Andrew Fusek Peters – of the present dayJim Perrin, Great Outdoors Magazine
This dream of a book[...]is as beautiful and uplifting as it is visceralLynne Roper, Outdoor Swimming Society
Lyrical [and] refreshingly candidThe Countryman
With an eye for detail and a skilful way with words, Peters is an entertaining guideH2Open