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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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Al Alvarez was 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 died in 2019.


The adrenalin still flows in lively extracts from 11 years of journals * The Times *
A beautiful unfolding of a story, told in deceptively simple prose but with a great power to move * Sunday Times *
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 * Observer *
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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