Roger Deakin

Roger Deakin was an English writer and celebrated environmentalist. Waterlog, the only book he published in his lifetime, became a UK bestseller, and founded the wild swimming movement. He also authored two other acclaimed works of nonfiction: Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees and Notes From Walnut Tree Farm. Deakin lived in Suffolk, England, and died there in 2006.


  • “Roger Deakin is a latter-day Thoreau.”

    —Robert Macfarlane

  • Waterlog is an adventure, a meditation, a celebration of wild swimming—a delight. In this book, Roger Deakin has captured the magic of the liquid world.”

    —Susan Casey, author of The Wave

  • “His prose is sensuous . . . and his sense of humor is as dry as his theme is wet.”

    —Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker

  • “Roger Deakin is the perfect companion for an invigorating armchair swim. Engaging, thoughtful, and candid.”

    The Telegraph

  • “Extraordinary.”

    —Olivia Laing, The Guardian

  • “The foundational text for the international ‘wild swimming’ movement. . . . A beautifully written, loving tribute to the wonders found swimming in the wild outdoors.”

    Kirkus, Starred Review