Hung Out to Dry

Swimming and British Culture

Chris Ayriss

The 2,000 year history of British swimming

Hidden within the history of British swimming is the key to understanding our unique culture. Wild Swimming may seem like a new craze but that's because the British had reason to shun outdoor swimming at home whilst our European and American cousins continued splashing about in the great outdoors abroad. This book carries you through time, visiting the major milestones that have swung British swimmers in and out of favour over the last 2,000 years. Our rivers, lakes and beaches once teamed with swimming enthusiasts unflinchingly braving cold water and bad weather to prove their mettle and strengthen their constitution. We became famous worldwide as a pioneering nation of eccentric swimmers. Yet just as our European neighbours were learning to adopt our watery ways, British swimmers were rounded up, chased out of open water and confined to indoor swimming pools. Read 'Hung Out to Dry' and understand the British as never before!

The Times

"As the Author Chris Ayriss argues in his book Hung Out to Dry, Britain lags way behind other countries in its approach to aquatic freedom."

29/12/2016

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2,000 years of wild swimming history

Hung Out to Dry - the 2,000 year history of wild swimming in the UK. Wild swimming has become very popular in the last few years, yet the rediscovery of outdoor swimming places is unique to Britain. Throughout Europe wild swimming has continued without interruption. Discover why the British turned swimmers away from all but coastal waters and restricted their sportsman to indoor swimming pools.

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