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  • [Sprawson] has an ornate style of prose, apparently smooth, but rippling with wit and candour… Haunts of the Black Masseur was a delight when I read it first time round and 25 years on, it strikes me as even better

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • ­Original and sparkling… A haunting, sensual, slippery read that will make you long for seaweed on your skin and sand between your toes. A must for swimmers

    Rebecca Wallersteiner, The Lady
  • A wholly original idea...a brilliant translation of a singular passion

    Alan Ross, Times Literary Supplement
  • A devoted and luminously romantic history of swimming

  • An exhilarating plunge into some of the deepest pools inside our heads... Magnificently obsessive, this social and cultural history of swimming is the best book I read this year

    J G Ballard

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