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Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
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"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)
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The book is laid out over the course of a year, with accounts of swimming in the various months, but it was just so hard going. He also spent a large amount of time talking about his personal life as well, including his terrible depression and the tragedies that struck his family. But none of it really added anything to the stories of swimming. If it was an attempt to create feeling for the author, it failed miserably.
Unless you are an absolute die hard fan of swimming or wild water in the UK, I wouldn't reccomend this book. Even then, buyer beware.
The book had me by the heart from the beginning, it is open, honest, engaging and life affirming, especially to those of us who have the cold water bug. As Hector in Alan Bennett's History Boys says: "The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out, and taken yours."
I read the Kindle version as I hadn't realised how many photographs there were, I may buy a hard copy now as I enjoyed it so much and want to have better quality images.
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