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  • Published: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473501812
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

(Alex Cross 19)




A lyrical account of a year's wild swimming in Britain

In Dip, Andrew Fusek Peters describes an extraordinary year of wild swimming. He leads us to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and hidden pools, into untamed landscapes that have the potential to surprise and move us in unexpected ways. Following in the wake of great writers such as Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas, Dip combines meditations on place, history and myth with sharp observation and a poet's eye.

As he takes the plunge and immerses himself in the elements, Andrew also begins to surface from a deep depression, making Dip at once a personal journey and about the many ways in which wild water and nature can restore us to ourselves.

  • Published: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473501812
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Andrew Fusek Peters

Andrew Fusek Peters has written award-winning books for all ages (many with his wife, Polly), including poetry collections, fiction and radio plays. Today, he lives and works in Shropshire, where he is passionate about the countryside and addicted to the pleasures of wild swimming.

Praise for Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

Fast-paced and tightly plotted, this is a dramatic thriller that shows why the books in this series sell by the truckload.

SUNDAY MIRROR

It's no mystery why James Patterson is the world's most popular thriller writer: his uncanny skill in creating living, breathing characters we truly feel for and seamless, lightning-fast plots. I do this for a living, and he still manages to keep me guessing from the first to last page ... Simply put: Nobody does it better.

JEFFREY DEAVER

Behind all the noise and the numbers, we shouldn't forget that no one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it.

LEE CHILD, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

James Patterson is The Boss. End of.

IAN RANKIN, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series

I wrote, "Along Came a Spider is the best thriller I've come across in many a year. It deserves to be this season's no. 1 bestseller and should instantly make James Patterson a household name." A household name, indeed.

NELSON DEMILLE

Every once in a while a writer comes along and fundamentally changes the way people read. He or she is so bright, so innovative, so industrious that what they envision and create becomes the measure by which all others are judged. In 1993 one such writer - James Patterson - began to do just that ... James Patterson is the gold standard by which all others are judged.

STEVE BERRY, bestselling author of the Colton Malone series

[Alex Cross] has become one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, a character for the ages.

DOUGLAS PRESTON and LINCOLN CHILD

Alex Cross is a legend.

HARLAN COBEN

Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind.

MICHAEL CONNELLY

Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... there's no stopping his imagination.

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Patterson is in a class by himself.

VANITY FAIR

Acknowledging the influence of Roger Deakins’s pioneering book Waterlog, Peters has written an account that is much more personal but no less wise. Among the current crop of British nature writers, he deserves a prominent place.

Piers Moore Ede, TLS

A poetic book…beautiful [and] a thoroughly human story

Matt Haig, The Independent

Dip tells of a total immersion in Nature, a courageous trust in its restorative powers and an authentic experience of the wild

Paul Evans, Guardian Country Diarist

Beautiful, lyrical, beguiling and enchanting – a powerful testament to the healing powers of Nature

Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming

Poignant

You Magazine, You Magazine

Candid, personal and poetic

The Scotsman

An affirmation of life and the resilience of the human spirit, and it left me wanting to seek out the places he visits

Alison Ashmore, Shropshire Review Magazine

The outdoor tradition of English writing stretches by way of Gilbert White and Borrow, Cobbett, Jefferies and Hudson, through Williamson to those few authentic outdoor and nature writers – Jim Crumley, Mark Cocker, Paul Evans, Andrew Fusek Peters – of the present day

Jim Perrin, Great Outdoors Magazine

This dream of a book[...]is as beautiful and uplifting as it is visceral

Lynne Roper, Outdoor Swimming Society

Lyrical [and] refreshingly candid

The Countryman

With an eye for detail and a skilful way with words, Peters is an entertaining guide

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