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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd; Main edition (7 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781250669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781250662
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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A fascinating, informative, exhilarating book. (Wall Street Journal 2014-07-14)

Idiosyncratic and Illuminating... Deep demonstrates that a rich, life-filled, mysterious realm of vast possibility is contained in that blackness. It will certainly enrich the thinking of anyone planning to spend time at the beach. (Horatio Clare The Independent)

Deep is a heartfelt, eccentric and pleasantly eccentric guide to the planet's most mysterious region. It should encourage plenty of readers to take the plunge. (Sunday Business Post)

Engaging and eye-popping. (Esquire)

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Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea meets Born to Run and the cutting edge of popular science

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Amazing people who do this!
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The book contains several factual mistakes and even more factual misrepresentations. The so called "renegade science" in fact is not science at all, and the persons involved honestly admit to have never published a single scientific paper on their respective fields. So why call them scientists? Nevertheless the book has some merit, it is well written and is fun. If you take it as a reference book to marine science (including human and marine mammal physiology) you have made the wrong choice. But as a summer lightly informed lecture it's fun. I also add that the "scientists" and the breath-holding divers involved - although scientifically not so sound - are very, very nice people. Their description is endearing, their new age aura and professional credo gives them a positive light. All in all, I'd like to be on their boat, and maybe even in the water with them. The Author admits his own failures in many instances in the book, and this is also positive and you immediately like the mood (what would you think of an "expert" Outdoor journalist who - facing for the first time the unknown wonders of an apnea competition in the Greek islands - calls his mother in the US for reference?).
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Five stars really is not enough for this mind blowing book which not only takes us on James Nestor's journey in real time to learn the art and science of free diving, but which also takes us on a journey through millennia to the origins of life itself and through nature to discover unimagined amazing abilities. I am unlikely to be joining free divers any time soon but oh...... I am right there with them in spirit. Read it read it read it and have everything you thought you knew about life challenged.
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As a freediver I was wary of reading this as it does expose the scary side of our sport - but I thoroughly enjoyed it, found it well researched and interesting. The author seems to have, for once, approached the subject with an open mind, and done his research. The result does paint a true, if sometimes scary picture of the sport. Loved loved loved the chapter on Sperm Whales!
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I purchased this book a while ago after hearing an interview with the author, but couldn't get round to reading it. In fact I only bought it to pick up tips on breath holding techniques. What a mistake on both counts. I should've read it straight away, and there's no solid information regarding breathing exercises. It's an absolutely fascinating account of the sport of freediving and an even more interesting read when it comes to some of the secrets contained within our oceans. The book itself, in parts, reads like a diary, which for me added to the whole authenticity of the thing. Amazing too, how committed the author was to his research, including his 25hr flights here, there, and everywhere. A highly enjoyable read.
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Using the extreme sport of free diving as the hook, the author takes us on a wild ride through the depths of the oceans, cleverly explaining the sciences involved through the multiple colourful characters he meets on his quest to determine man's obsession with the sea.

Well written and instantly gripping, this is a very readable, enjoyable and fascinating book, mixing spiritual and scientific advancement with driven ambition.

I found this by accident and am all the better for having read it.
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As somebody who is new to freediving this year I found this book a real insight into what the freediving world is all about. I have an interest in marine ecology, so some of the stuff James Nestor gets involved in is fascinating. His views are always impartial, and though sometimes it doesn't present competitive diving in a good light, I am left to make my own judgments based on his observations. Read it in about 3 days and really enjoyed it.
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After many years of sport diving (BSAC) I am in the process of reading THE DEEP,to be honest cannot put the book down,it is full of so much interesting and sometimes technical information.If this an example of James Nestor writing then I will be reading more of his publications.I recommend any one who wants to learn more about the sea,of which little we know,Then read this book. A.K.
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