Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain

Roger Deakin

 Roger Deakin set out to swim through the British Isles. The result of his journey is a maverick work of observation and imagination, a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep, instinctive affinity with water. Encompassing cultural history, autobiography, travel writing and natural history. Waterlog is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water. A wonderful and romantic tale told by a true English eccentric ...'

Michele Roberts, Financial Times


the inspiration of wild swimmers died On Saturday 20th August  after an illness. We remember him as the author of "Waterlog", the originator of the idea of "The right to swim", and as an inspiration to us all. It was Roger who lit the first candle in our hour of darkness. Before Waterlog the dull and grey safety regime seemed all pervasive and all powerful. After Waterlog the dull & grey safety "experts" look to be embattled. It is as if Roger made the flag which RALSA hoisted. Thank you Roger for inspiring us, and for encouraging us to live fuller and more joyful lives.