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Books of the month: August

PUBLISHED: 18:07 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 20 February 2013

Books of the month: August

Books of the month: August

Ben Keenan looks at titles of particular interest to us here in the East

Ben Keenan looks at titles of particular interest to us here in the East




Waterlog by Roger Deakin (Vintage Paperback, Waterstones Price 8.99)
One day, during a torrential downpour, Roger Deakin went for a swim in the moat around his Suffolk home and felt an affinity with water he had never experienced before. From his frogs eye view just above the waterline, Roger decided that surely the best way to see the glory of the British Isles was to swim through it. Inspired by John Cleevers short story The Swimmer, Rogers journey takes him through some wonderful stretches of water, which he documents with a photographers eye for detail. Included within these pages are some delightful moments spent in Southwold, Ely, Newmarket and hundreds more in a book which is as satisfying as a refreshing swim on a hot summers day.


Cycling In The East Of England by Vincent Cassar (AA Paperback, Waterstones Price 9.99)
Everyone knows that the AA is the countrys fourth emergency service but not everyone knows that they produce some of the best travel books currently available in the shops. With so many people leaving the car in the garage these days and making a journey on two wheels, this book could prove to be a wise and thoroughly enjoyable purchase. Celebrating some of the finest cycle routes the East has to offer, with each one being given difficulty ratings to help decide which one is best for you to take, this book is perfect to slip into the rucksack along with a picnic and the camera in order to enjoy the wonders of East Anglia at a gentle and more leisurely pace.


Countryfile Perfect Days Out by Cavan Scott (BBC Paperback, Waterstones Price 16.99)
On a Sunday in July 1988, the first episode of Countryfile was seen by just a few thousand of people and now, more than 20 years later, millions of us regularly tune in to take a look at some of the most breathtaking scenery and inspirational stories our country has to offer. The programme has always encouraged people to explore every inch of Englands green and pleasant land and that is what this new book is all about. Full to the brim with exceptional ideas for days out, including a whole chapter based on things to do in the East, this is the perfect book for families who want to visit somewhere a little different than the usual tourist spots.

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