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Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

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Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

A masterpiece of nature writing, Roger Deakin’s WATERLOG is a fascinating and inspiring journey into the aquatic world that surrounds us.

In an attempt to discover his island nation from a new perspective, Roger Deakin embarks from his home in Suffolk to swim Britain --- the seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, pools, streams, lochs, moats and quarries. Through the watery capillary network that braids itself throughout the country, Deakin immerses himself in the natural habitats of fish, amphibians, mammals and birds. And as he navigates towns, private property, and sometimes dangerous waters and inclement weather, Deakin finds himself in precarious situations: he’s detained by bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted by the coast guard at the mouth of a river, and mistaken for a dead body on a beach. The result of this surprising journey is a deep dive into modern Britain, especially its wild places.

With enchanting descriptions of natural landscapes, and a deep well of humanity, boundless humor and unbridled joy, Deakin beckons us to wilder waters and inspires us to connect to the larger world in a most unexpected way. Thrilling, vivid and lyrical, WATERLOG is a fully immersive adventure --- a remarkable personal quest, a bold assertion of the swimmer’s right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain
by Roger Deakin

  • Publication Date: May 17, 2022
  • Genres: Memoir, Nature, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • ISBN-10: 1953534031
  • ISBN-13: 9781953534033