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A passionate open-air swimmer, Roger Deakin travelled around the British Isles in search of the best places for a dip. Waterlog celebrates the magic of water and the beauty and eccentricity of Britain.

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 Hebrides, he discovers just how much of an outsider the native swimmer is to his landlocked, fully-dressed fellow citizens.

This is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

Reviews

Deakin has written an aquatic Songlines.

Heathcote Williams

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

Griff Rhys-Jones

Erudite, funky and passionate, a total delight

Independent on Sunday

Charmingly and elegantly written

Daily Telegraph

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

Jane Gardam

Highly entertaining...Waterlog is a book about a cold, wet subject written with a warmth and passion it surely deserves, but has rarely had before

Guardian

A wonderful and romantic tale told by a true English eccentric...think Ratty, think Mole, think three men falling out of a boat...enchanting

Michele Roberts, Financial Times

A travel book like no other, it is rich and deep with insights on modern Britain

The Independent

Roger Deakin is the perfect companion for invigorating armchair swim. Engaging, thoughtful and candid, he also has a wonderful eye

Peter Marren, Telegraph Weekend

A brilliant and compelling view of Britain from a few inches above its neglected waterways

Simon Usborne, The Independent

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784700065

    October 1, 2014

    Vintage Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099282556

    May 5, 2000

    Vintage

    352 pages

    RRP $28.99

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    • Mighty Ape
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    • The Nile
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  • EBook

    9781446442852

    May 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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