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While the photos are certainly beautiful, what fascinates me about this book is how wild swimming seems to have such a profound therapeutic effect on the people it talks about. Vicky Allan has put her journalistic skills to good use getting such revealing and heartfelt interviews down on paper. This is also an eloquent personal testimony about her own experiences of wild swimming. The sense of community that these intrepid dippers feel really does come across ;)
A lovely looking and feeling book with joyous photographs. It did it's job in making me want to swim out there. I was rather put off by the strong focus, in the text, on swimming for the relief of mental ill-health or grief or pain...though it is fantastic that wild swimming seems so helpful in those situations. Also I am not a "pod swimmer". ...more
A very inspiring book. Lots of photos of people with and without wetsuits enjoying the cold water. Tales of how swimming in cold water has helped people with their physical and mental health. Discussions of safety issues, physical challenges and benefits of swimming in cold water.
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