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Dip Just one short mention of the well known name “Roger Deakin” was all that was needed to attract me to this slim book Any author who relates closely to the Welsh Herefordshire borderlands is going to catch my attention It’s a part of Britain which is often carelessly overlooked; perhaps because agricultural and other attractions such as long walks exploring old market towns and the visiting of obscure and unsung country churches tends not appeal to the mass of unadventurous parents with small children seeking guaranteed hot sunshine obsessed with the latest marketing ‘trends’ Andrew Peters engages in all year round swimming in cold British waters which are never in a month of Sundays ever going to approach the temperatures of the Mediterranean His remarkable reasons for doing so unfold slowly Others on Goodreads have mused upon and described Peters’ perfectly rational reasons for subjecting himself twelve months of the year to uite such an ascetic almost holistically spiritual discipline the practical exercise all year round exercise of which enables him to know grow and understand himself and Polly his wife deeply My criticisms are few the cheap grey washed out photographs printed directly onto the wood pulp paper page are an insult not a compliment to the author’s text This paperback book demands uality white glossy photographs I also wish that the riverspools had been properly indexed That would have been much helpful than a front of book index of the months of the year in simple date order The swim in the pool of a Hong Kong hotel came as a jarring surprise my head was still in Herefordshire and the Welsh Borders as did those in the River Thames at Oxford and the River Fleet at Hampstead Pond London Overall this is a remarkably well written book that is heart warming without being saccharine; a uniue glimpse of the diversity of human existence and how the ‘cards’ played out to each of us can unexpectedly surprise us in so many different ways Engaging honest and well woven telling of one man's love of his life giving be here now method wild swimming While the story does become strained in October the rest of the month's tales are memorable and touching Andrew Fusek Peters has gotten the closest to describing my own experience and desire for outdoor cold water dunks When water closes around me this is eternally the moment I am alive To swim is to breathe words I have not been able to put together as coherently myself before I thank him for that and for wearing his heart on his sleeve A very moving short work by a British author which depicts his battle with severe depression and how he found swimming in outdoor pools ponds etc to be cathartic and healing It is a short work but very raw and honest especially how he describes his depression's crippling symptoms The author had a lifelong love of swimming outdoors and this became a natural extension of his return to society A recommended work for those who either enjoy the healing aspects of engaging with nature or wish to learn about a firsthand account of a mental health recovery I picked this up because the main setting of Shropshire is relatively local to me and because of the mental health link But other locations of particular interest such as Hampstead ponds are also included I think what makes this book for me is the combination of openness and education I enjoyed tagging along on Andrews journey I like to know how people feel how water and swimming makes them feel Andrew opens up about the magic of water for him But being new to wild swimming and dipping I also picked up information and practical tips and resources The author writes with good humour so it's also entertaining A beautifully evocative book about the curative properties of obsessively seeking out wild water and throwing oneself into it Even as an avowed non swimmer I felt the need to seek out water after reading certain chapters because Peters describes the landscape and the sensory experienceshock of it so well Nostalgic read for me from my home county Lovely tone and discussion of mental health Inspired to swim Beautiful descriptions of a year swimming n the wilds of Britain The author also describes his battles with depression and addiction It's a shame the photos weren't printed on better uality paper A must read for any wild swimmer 'This is our day of reconfiguration where the mist has wiped the sea from the very face of the earth and the sun is swaddled far from the reach of human eye'In Dip Andrew Fusek Peters describes an extraordinary year of wild swimming He leads us to rivers lakes waterfalls and hidden pools into wild waters and untamed landscapes that have the potential to surprise and move us in unexpected waysFollowing in the wake of great writers such as Richard Jeffries and Edward Thomas Dip combines meditations on place history and myth with sharp observation and a poet's eye It is also a personal journey swimming through all four seasons Andrew Fusek Peters surfaces at last from deep depression Lyrical honest and incisive Dip is about the many ways in which immersing ourselves in the elements can restore us to ourselves A lovely short well written book which can be read as a series description of a series of wild swims a record of a recovery from mental illness or both However the picture of a swimmer wearing a woolly hat should tell you all you need to know about all season wild swimming in the British Isles Beautiful evocative and poetical A book to make to you think about the beauty of nature and how we must protect it A heartfelt and frank look into the life of the author A most sublime and joyous read

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