5 swim reads to revisit whilst you are stuck at home

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Cooped up at home? Unable to go for a swim? Look at the positives! This as a great opportunity to revisit some great swim reads. Here are our favourites.


1 - Waterlog: A Swimmer’s journey through Britain

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. By Roger Deakin


2 - The Salt Path

The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline. By Raynor Winn


3 - Swell: A Waterbiography

A funny and bold account of how women fought their way into the water, and of what they did once they got there. ByJenny Landreth


4 - Haunts of the Black Masseur

A dazzling introduction to the great swimming heroes, from Byron leaping into the surf at Shelley’s funeral to Hart Crane diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico. By Charles Sprawson


5 - A Boy in the Water

The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel became reality. By Tom Gregory

01 Cover January

Issue 45 January 2021

  • The Northumbrian adventurer blazing his own watery (and icy!) trail
  • Keri-anne Payne on how to train like an Olympian in 2021
  • History, nature writing and the Troubles
  • Sarah Thomas looks at the icy thrill of ice miles

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