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Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal
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From the author of The Savage God, a unique memoir of growing old, and a lesson in not going gently into that good night

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From the author of The Savage God, a unique memoir of growing old, and a lesson in not going gently into that good night

About the Author

Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books on topics ranging from suicide, divorce and dreams - The Savage God, Life After Marriage, Night - to poker and mountaineering - The Biggest Game in Town and Feeding The Rat. His most recent books are Where Did It All Go Right?, The Writer's Voice and Risky Business. He lives in Hampstead, London.

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The adrenalin still flows in lively extracts from 11 years of journals -- Iain Finlayson * The Times * Both beautiful and savagely angry, this elegy to the self comes from the pen of an author who, having once made an attempt on his own life, now loves it with fierce tenacity * Daily Telegraph * Nuanced and vulnerable ... The plainess of Alvarez's language works to his advantage; it lets us see the courage in restraint -- Andrew Motion * Guardian * 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 -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * It is the near-collapse of body and mind that change his prose from the gently poetic to the wrenchingly poignant ... The final pages are an artistic triumph, and worth the reading alone; the rawness and linguistic economy with which he describes staring into the abyss is exquisite - and exquisitely distressing -- Robert Epstein * Independent on Sunday * A beautiful unfolding of a story, told in deceptively simple prose but with a great power to move -- Lucy Denyer * Sunday Times * Eloquent and fiercely honest, Pondlife chronicles nine years of dips by this self-confessed lover of language with itchy feet -- Jo Keeling * BBC Countryfile * Pondlife is a welcome addition to a growing library of titles about the solace and balm of the natural world -- Stephen Smith * Evening Standard * 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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