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Roger Deakin set out in 1996 to swim through the British Isles. The result is a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep affinity for water. 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.

Encompassing cultural history, autobiography, travel writing and natural history, Waterlog is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

©1999 Roger Deakin (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A wonderful book. Beautiful prose and narration

I adored this book, and will listen again, informative, and as beguiling as any great novel should be, I think my favourite non-fiction book ever.

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Classic, superb

A superb book for everyone and not just swimmers like me. Excellent narration. Probably my favourite Audible Book .

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One of the best books on Audible

Great narration, great book, buy it now. You won't regret it. Then go for a swim.

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A man swims his way around the UK

There are moments of real beauty and a clear love for some of the UKs wildest places in this book. But Unfortunately they are refuge islands set far apart in the large expanses of rather bland wateriness. Compared to MacFarlane, who was rather bafflingly inspired by Deakin’s work, this book failed to inspire this particular reader to want to strip down to my speedos and dunk myself in the freezing wild waters of my countryside. I really wanted to love this better, but found myself very easily distracted while listening to it, and rarely wanting to skip back to recapture what I’d miss. Sorry Roger.

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Magical!

Beautiful writing evoking magical swims across Britain. Every mini (or major adventure) had me yearning to be in the water and to be immersed in nature. This will be one of my all-time favourite books.

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inspiring book with excellent narration.

Loved it. You have to admire Roger for all his mad, brave and wonderful swimming in unusual and often difficult to find places. Would highly recommend this book.

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Unforgetable

Vivid, poetic, funny, insightful, profound and charming. Above all a truly beautiful book. Please read it.

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Wonderful Book

I love this book. I am now a swimmer who loves to swim "in the wild". This book is partly the reason. It sparked something within me and now I go back to reading it when I want to be reminded of all the wonderful things about swimming among nature. If you are curious about swimming in nature, read it. You may surprise yourself!

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Wonderful

A sumptuous book and so beautifully narrated. I can see how Deakin so inspired people , I will listen again and again to this. Thank you.











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I loved this book from start to finish. He is a most amazing wordsmith and the narrator brought it to life perfectly. I put the speed down to 0.85 and listened to this book most nights as I fell asleep, sometimes only hearing a few seconds, sometimes a chapter..Its taken me 6 months to finish and I enjoyed every second of it.

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Beautiful, inspiring and immersive

Listened Waterlog after it was mentioned in Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks book. Both are beautiful, inspiring and immersive books. Highly recommend.