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Pondlife : a swimmer's journal / Al Alvarez.

Author/Creator:
Alvarez, A. (Alfred), 1929-2019.
Publication:
London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 272 pages ; 20 cm.
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Subjects:
Alvarez, A. (Alfred), 1929-2019.
Alvarez, A. (Alfred), 1929-2019 -- Health.
Aging -- Anecdotes.
Swimming -- Social aspects -- Anecdotes.
Summary:
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 there almost daily. Alvarez, now in his 80s, chronicles what it is to grow old with humour and 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 S's - swimming, sex and sleep.
ISBN:
9781408841006 (hbk.)
1408841002 (hbk.)
OCLC:
829368131