An evening with Patrick Barkham
28th Sep 2023
7:00 pm

Ticket £10 (£5 redeemable against a copy of The Swimmer)

Portrait of author Patrick Barkham
Book cover 'The Swimmer' written by Patrick Barkham

‘an intimate portrait of a glorious life!’

Prize-winning author and Guardian natural history writer Patrick Barkham introduces his new book The Swimmer: The Wild Life of Roger Deakin


Monday 28th September, 7.00pm
Venue: Simply Books
Event Ticket: £10 (£5 redeemable against a copy of The Swimmer)


We are delighted to welcome Patrick Barkham back to Simply Books. Those of you who have met him here before will know what a passionate and entertaining speaker he is – and such a lovely person!

Patrick will be talking about his new biography of Roger Deakin – best known for frog-kicking the wild swimming movement into existence and for his classic of nature writing Waterlog.

Roger Deakin was both a dazzling writer and a truly eccentric Englishman – variously (and at times simultaneously) a maverick ad-man, seller of striped pine furniture, cider-maker, teacher, environmentalist and filmmaker. Above all he wrote about nature with rare attention, precision and poetry.

Patrick’s new book draws on notebooks, diaries and letters to conjure an intimate portrait of a glorious life!

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