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Downstream: A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames

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Stretching 215 miles from its source in Gloucestershire, through England's capital and across to the North Sea, the River Thames has always enticed swimmers.

From bathing kings to splashing school children, intrepid wild swimmers to international athletes, this famous river has long been a favourite. But it was the Victorian era that saw the birth of organised river racing
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Aurum Press (first published March 15th 2015)
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Meredith M
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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I had been feeling the tug to take a spell in non-fiction but I was waiting for reserves to arrive at the library. I found this book while perusing the shelves and tried it out sitting in the library. I am a migrant to England and I was curious about what the book would capture of places and way of life.

The quirky enthusiasm for swimming and bathing in the Thames and the associated collection of open-water swimming related trivia charting London's history was engaging. If I find myself by the
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Alena
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, swimming
Very readable, bit too detailed for my level of interest.
Section by section of the river she details the history (and present) of swimming in the area. Very fascinated by the whole open water swimming.
Diana
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: swimmers, history buffs, people interested in London
Downstream is Caitlin Davies homage to Thames swimmers past, present and future. Prior to writing the book she believed that swimming in the river was a relatively recent pursuit, but one day, quite by chance she spied an historic poster at the British Library featuring a young swimmer named Agnes Beckwith. Through further research she discovered that Beckwith was a trailblazer, swimming from London Bridge to Greenwich in 1875 at the tender age of 14. Even more surprisingly, Davies found that ...more
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Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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January 9, 2016

In October, I attended a talk on the history of swimming in London by Caitlin Davies and Jenny Landreth at a local literary festival, Archway With Words. Davies latest social history book, Downstream (Aurum, 2015) is a history and celebration of swimming the Thames. Although I am not a great lover of swimming, I am passionate about celebrating female achievement through history. On this note, I was pleased to discover the remarkable lives of Agnes Beckwith (who in
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