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Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  16 reviews
'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 a
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Rider
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The superb Waterlog by the late Roger Deakin has inspired many people to rediscover the delights of wild swimming; Joe Minihane writes about following in the wet footprints of Deakin in Floating as he travels around the country to the same locations. Swimming With Seals is set in Orkney and tells of Victoria Whitworth wild swimming experiences there. And there is the superb Turning by Jessica J. Lee, where she battles self-doubt and depression and challenges herself to swim in 52 of the lakes ar ...more
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Recommends it for: seekers
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 sm ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
Rachel Fryer
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, water, memoir
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, ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
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 my ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swimming
Nostalgic read for me from my home county. Lovely tone and discussion of mental health. Inspired to swim more!
Adam Horovitz
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 experience/shock of it so well.
John Weller
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swimming
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 quality paper.. A must-read for any wild swimmer. ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
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!!
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read
David Hill
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of John Hillaby's Journey Through Love. Quite entertaining & honest narrative. ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. Quite like the idea of wild swimming though!
William Graham
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Beautifully written and made you feel as though you were visiting the same places as the author. Great for de-stressing after a tough day at work.
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Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet, anthologist, and playwright who has written and edited more than seventy children’s books. He also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. He lives in Shropshire, England. ...more

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