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Curate's Egg of a book on diving
on 8 January 2013
The overview I read suggested this was a book of personal experiences of diving.
In fact it's a rather uneasy mix of personal experiences and diving history.
Where it works well is in the recounting of the personal experiences. Ecott does a good job of putting the pleasures of diving in many different environments and locations (And some of the fears too) into words, but then 40 pages will pass as he recounts the story of how early divers used diving bells and, frankly, this is a bit dull and done much better elsewhere (Cousteau's book for example!).
The book ALMOST felt like one of those Clarkson-esque collection of short, but rather good newspaper columns, but linked by rather turgid, worthy explanation of diving history.
If you haven't read any other diving books, you might find the history stuff interesting and this was saved from being a disappointment for me by the personal experiences, but if you've read other books, get this cheap from Marketplace and skip the history stuff, would be my advice.