Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal (Paperback)
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Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 09/04/2015
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The 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, now in his eighties, 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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408841020
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The adrenalin still flows in lively extracts from 11 years of journals * The Times *
A beautiful unfolding of a story, told in deceptively simple prose but with a great power to move * Sunday Times *
A marvellous book. Even the title Pondlife is spot-on: unlaboured, light and right. But it has no business to be as invigorating and absorbing - its success is against the odds * Observer *
Al Alvarez is a writer's writer whose brilliant insight has illuminated everything from suicide to his love of poker ... A miniature classic of a man's defiant assertion against ageing * Metro *

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“A gentle meditation on ageing”

A thought provoking book about the authors daily experiences encountered with increasing age. Worth reading but one that need digesting and gentle thought.

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