Taking the Waters by Caitlin Davies
A Swim Around Hampstead Heath. Caitlin Davies, Ruth Corney

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Taking the Waters is a celebration of four unique swimming spots on Hampstead Heath: the Kenwood Ladies' Pond, the Highgate Men's Pond, the Mixed Bathing Pond, and the Parliament Hill Lido. People have swum at the ponds for over 200 years - from champion swimmers and world famous divers, to international film stars and hardy year round bathers - while the Lido is one of London's few remaining outdoor pools. Together they attract over a quarter of a million visits a year. How and why did they come to be and what stories do they have to tell? This book is an illustrated history full of personal memories, archive images and stunning modern photography.

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Londoner Caitlin Davies has been swimming at the Heath ponds and Lido since she was a child. A writer, teacher and journalist, she is the author of three non-fiction books, four novels and several short stories. Ruth Corney is an award-winning photographer. She has had several exhibitions that bear testament to her passion for the ponds and Lido. She is also trying to be a year round pond swimmer. In addition to her commercial work, she has led photography and oral history projects, her most recent being the photographic documentation of life at the Ironmonger Row Baths, and its refurbishment.
Published May 1, 2012 by Frances Lincoln. 176 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors.
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Reviewed by Carole Cadwalladr on May 19 2012

As social history, it's well researched, and colourfully told...

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