Launch of new book on the history of swimming in the River Thames

The River Thames has been a favourite swimming spot for centuries. Everyone from kings and famous poets, to Victorian endurance swimmers and modern-day triathletes have taken to its waters. 

Caitlin Davies explores the social history of swimming in the Thames in her new book Downstream – A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames.
Davies will be launching the book on Friday 24 April 2015 at The Forum in Southend. A talk and signing by Davies will follow short presentations by Chalkwell Lifeguards; Chalkwell Redcaps swimming club; Havens Hospices, organisers of the annual Great Pier Swim; the RNLI; and author Ian McAllister, whose grandmother was a champion open water swimmer. Afterwards there will be a party with live music inspired by the book performed by The Avenue and a display of swimming-related artwork.  
The April/May issue of H2Open magazine includes a feature by Davies on the history of swimming in the River Thames – and a chance to win a copy of Downstream.
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