A beautiful ode to the act of swimming outdoors…. Through ecstatic and exacting descriptions of his many swims, Deakin introduces the reader both to the pleasures of outdoor swimming and to the richness of the natural landscape…. Deakin’s insistence on wild swimming for all is really an insistence on a better ecosystem for all.
— The Atlantic
Sublime.... His swim isn’t just about moving, but about, literally and ecstatically, being moved.
— The Cut
[Waterlog] might be the most romantic swimming memoir ever
written. Its spirit, and the way it illuminates the joy and complexity
of water, of swimming in the wild, places it next to Thoreau’s Walden.
As Thoreau 'went to the woods,' Deakin went into the water.
— Harper's Magazine
His prose is sensuous . . . and his sense of humor is as dry as his theme is wet.
— Rebecca Mead - The New Yorker
— Olivia Laing - The Guardian
— Mother Jones
Roger Deakin is the perfect companion for an invigorating armchair swim. Engaging, thoughtful, and candid.
— The Telegraph
Part amphibious adventure memoir and part right to roam manifesto, beneath Waterlog
’s delightful quirk lies a serious treatise on public access and the belief that swimming is intrinsically transformative.... Sublimely subversive reading of the highest order.
— Adventure Journal
A classic ode to wild swimming.
— Outside Magazine
[A] beautiful meditation on swimming in nature. . . . He writes with
sensitivity and a great appreciation for the world around him.
— California News Times
Roger Deakin is a latter-day Thoreau.
— Robert Macfarlane, author of UnderlandWaterlog
is an adventure, a meditation, a celebration of wild swimming—a delight. In this book, Roger Deakin has captured the magic of the liquid world.
— Susan Casey, author of The Wave
His prose works a spell.
The foundational text for the international 'wild swimming' movement. . . . A beautifully written, loving tribute to the wonders found swimming in the wild outdoors.
— Kirkus, Starred Review