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A Swimmer's Journal

Al Alvarez
Barcode 9781408841020

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Release Date: 09/04/2015

Genre: Biography
Label: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

A Swimmer's Journal. From the author of The Savage God, a unique memoir of growing old, and a lesson in not going gently into that good nightThe ponds of Hampstead Heath are small oases; fragments of wild nature nestled in the heart of north-west London. For the best part of his life Al Alvarez – poet, critic, novelist, rock-climber and poker player – has swum in them almost daily. An athlete in his youth, Alvarez chronicles what it is to grow old with humour and fierce honesty – from his relentlessly nagging ankle which makes daily life a struggle, to infuriating bureaucratic battles with the council to keep his disabled person’s Blue Badge, the devastating effects of a stroke, and the salvation he finds in the three Ss – Swimming, Sex and Sleep.As Alvarez swims in the ponds he considers how it feels when you begin to miss that person you used to be – to miss yourself. Swimming is his own private form of protest against the onslaught of time; proof to others, and himself, that he’s not yet beaten. By turns funny, poetic and indignant, Pondlife is a meditation on love, the importance of life’s small pleasures and, above all, a lesson in not going gently in to that good night._____________________'A beautiful unfolding of a story, told in deceptively simple prose but with a great power to move' Sunday Times'The adrenalin still flows in lively extracts' The Times'A marvellous book. it has no business to be as invigorating and absorbing – its success is against the odds' Observer