Author: Ayriss, Chris
Number Of Pages: 160
Release Date: 27-05-2012
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Hidden beneath the history of British swimming is the key to understanding our unique culture. Wild Swimming may seem like a new craze but that's because the British had reason to shun outdoor swimming at home whilst our European and American cousins continued splashing about in the great outdoors abroad. This book carries you through time, visiting the major milestones that have swung British swimmers in and out of favour over the last 2,000 years. Our rivers, lakes and beaches once teamed with swimming enthusiasts unflinchingly braving cold water and bad weather to prove their mettle and strengthen their constitution. We became famous worldwide as a pioneering nation of eccentric swimmers. Yet just as our European neighbours were learning to adopt our watery ways, British swimmers were rounded up, chased out of open water and confined to indoor swimming pools. Read 'Hung Out to Dry' and you will see the British as never before!
“…the whole story makes for a fascinating social history." -The Bristol Evening Post, May 17, 2010
"...a fascinating book by local author Chris Ayriss. ...very readable, informative and entertaining ...excellent illustrations." - The Leicester Mercury, May 25, 2010
"A persuasive book... intriguing from the outset, well researched… the historical ebb and flow of swimming popularity is quite remarkable." - Swimming Times Open Water Supplement, November2012
“…informed, entertaining and factual... supported by an excellent collection of illustrations and historic photographs." - Simon Griffiths, h2open magazine, June 2011
"Chris Ayriss is one of those gifted, passionate writers with a unique talent for composing prose… inherently meaningful to swimmers." - Open Water Source, November 9 2012
From the Publisher
Swim in the great outdoors and experience the cool refreshing waters of the expansive British countryside and you will find returning to any indoor swimming pool both stifling and restrictive. Often featured in newspapers and magazines, modern day wild swimming is regaining popularity in the UK Alice Roberts and Robson Green have brought the wild swimming adventure into our homes through television, but the resurgence began in 1999 with Roger Deakin's celebrated book; Waterlog.
Before the construction of swimming pools during the industrial revolution, all swimmers swam in the wild. Refreshing, invigorating and healthful though it was, swimmers were chased out of open water and confined to indoor swimming pools. As attitudes have changed, wild swimmers living in cities today often struggle to find a suitable place toswim, with approval, outdoors. Although in the past people swam in the waters closest to their homes with public facilities being constructed on riversides canals lakes and at the seaside, modern-day swimming restrictions make life difficult for the would-be wild swimmer. Guide books such as Wild Swimming by Daniel Start, and Kate Rew's: Wild Swim, direct us to popular if isolated swimming holes, but HungOut to Dry questions: why should we have to travel? Why have Britishattitudes hardened towards wild swimming when, after all, the sport re-surfaced right here in Britain some 400 years ago sparking change worldwide? Discover why British attitudes today have changed so greatly especially when compared to our European and American cousins.
Hung Out to Dry examines the checkered history of British swimming, from the swimming zeal of the conquering Romans; through years of religious and superstitious intolerance; to the health and safety obsessions of today. The seaside holiday sparked the realization that swimming costumes were essential. The construction of lidos countrywide improved the nation’s health whilst introducing the sunshine era. One chapter focuses on the social history of swimming in the city of Leicester and the influence that Leicester personalities such as Daniel Lambert, Thomas Cook, and Jennie Fletcher
Package Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches