The Story of Swimming

A Social History of Bathing in Britain
Author: Susie Parr
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
ISBN: 9781905928071
Category: Swimming
Page: 191
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A new wave of passion has emerged for open water swimming, but it is a British tradition that has deep roots. Susie Parr takes a chronological look at the social history of swimming from the earliest Roman written accounts, stories of Viking invaders, medieval and Elizabethan literature, medicinal seabathing in 18th century and the rise of Georgian and Regency watering holes such as Brighton. She follows the line of literary swimmers from Shelley to Murdoch and charts the boom of the British seaside resort in a fascinating and hugely enjoyable journey.

The Story of Swimming


Author: Kishin R. Wadhwaney
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788123010120
Category: Swimming
Page: 329
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Casa de verano con piscina


Author: Herman Koch
Publisher: SALAMANDRA
ISBN: 8415629362
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Herman Koch logra que el lector quede atrapado ante una incómoda encrucijada moral, que lo mantiene en vilo hasta la última página. Autor de gran renombre en los Países Bajos -su anterior novela, La cena, fue Libro del Año y ganó el Premio del Público de ese país-, Herman Koch vuelve con otra estimulante historia de suspense donde una trama tejida a la perfección es el soporte para explorar sin ambages temas tan actuales como la ética profesional, la falsedad de las relaciones sociales o la difícil comunicación entre padres e hijos, así como los límites de la libertad sexual o el sentido de culpa en el seno de una sociedad permisiva y autocomplaciente. Próspero médico de cabecera en Ámsterdam, Marc Schlosser ejerce su profesión con cierta dosis de cinismo. Su nutrida clientela valora especialmente el tiempo que dedica a las consultas, pero esta aparente generosidad esconde unas intenciones menos nobles, que Marc disimula con habilidad. Cuando uno de sus pacientes, el famoso actor Ralph Meier, lo invita a pasar unos días de verano junto a su familia, Marc acepta pese a las reticencias de Caroline, su esposa, molesta por la arrogante vulgaridad de Ralph y su actitud de seductor irresistible. Así, los Schlosser y los Meier, con sus respectivos hijos adolescentes, compartirán con un maduro director de Hollywood y su novia, cuarenta años más joven, una casa con piscina a pocos kilómetros de una playa mediterránea. Los días transcurren con apacible monotonía, entre comidas, paseos, largas conversaciones de sobremesa, excesos con el alcohol y flirteos más o menos inocentes, hasta que una noche se produce un grave incidente que interrumpirá las vacaciones y cambiará para siempre la relación entre las dos familias. Casa de verano con piscina es una novela apasionante en la que nadie es del todo inocente, ni siquiera quienes parecen más frágiles e inofensivos. La crítica ha dicho... «Un impecable retrato del tiempo en que vivimos.» Vrij Nederland «El placer del suspense se une al cínico e irresistible sentido del humor de Koch.» Financieele Dagblad «El doctor Schlosser es aún más cínico que el doctor House y sostiene una visión extrema del evolucionismo darwiniano: a un hombre molesto para la especie se lo puede dejar morir sin contemplaciones.» La Repubblica «Aquellos a los que les entusiasmó La cena pueden lanzar un suspiro de alivio: Koch se mantiene fiel a sí mismo.» Ésta «El poder del autor radica en novelar el cinismo que invade nuestras relaciones sociales.» Io Donna «El lado oscuro de la familia contemporánea es el epicentro de esta novela.» Vanity Fair

A Treatise on the Utility of Swimming, containing instructions in the acquirement of the art, with various anecdotes of celebrated swimmers, etc


Author: Horace KENWORTHY
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 32
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A Social History of Swimming in England, 1800 – 1918

Splashing in the Serpentine
Author: Christopher Love
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317970284
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 176
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Covering a time of great social and technological change, this history traces the development of the four classic aquatic disciplines of competitive swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo, with its main focus on racing. Working from the beginnings of municipal recreational swimming, the book fully explores the links between swimming and other aspects of English life society including class, education, gender, municipal governance, sexuality and the Victorian invention of the sports amateur-professional divide. Uniquely focused on swimming -often neglected in analytic sports histories- this is the first study of its kind and will be an important landmark in the establishment of swimming history as a topic of scholarly investigation. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Fantasmas


Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher: LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE
ISBN: 843972618X
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Una sátira provocativa sobre el ansia de notoriedad y un homenaje a los clásicos del género de terror en la línea de Los cuentos de Canterbury o Frankenstein. Un grupo de escritores acuden, tras leer un anuncio en la prensa, a un retiro para artistas donde supuestamente darán rienda suelta a su imaginación. Inmersos en un escenario aislado de las preocupaciones mundanas, los escritores llegan dispuestos a escribir su obra maestra. No obstante, la colonia de escritores resulta ser un lugar apartado del mundo, un viejo teatro abandonado, donde la comida, la electricidad y los suministros básicos son bienes escasos. En estas condiciones precarias, los protagonistas comenzarán a escribir historias terroríficas hasta llegar a un grado de maquinación diabólico, y alzarse ante la masa como héroes de una película documental. Reseñas: «La obra de ficción más original de este año. Definitivamente, su última novela no es para cobardes.» The Guardian «Si por algo es conocido Chuck Palahniuk es por su deseo de conmocionar; con Fantasmas no podemos decir que haya cambiado de rumbo.» The Daily Telegraph

The Complete Book of Swimming


Author: Phillip Whitten
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307808491
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 400
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Experts agree that swimming is the best and most complete form of excercise. Here is the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to the sport. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Story of Your Life

A History of the Sporting Life Newspaper (1859-1998)
Author: James Lambie
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1848762917
Category: Sporting life (London, England)
Page: 611
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The intriguing story and turbulent history of a paper Charles Dickens praised for its ‘range of information and profundity of knowledge’, and which Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, simply endorsed with the remark: ‘Of course I read The Sporting Life’. It was the Queen Mother’s love of horseracing that made her such an avid reader of the Life and coverage of that sport forms the core of this book, but there is so much more to fascinate the reader including eyewitness accounts of the first fight for the heavyweight championship of the world and Captain Webb’s heroic Channel swim of 1875. Highlights in the history of cricket, football and rugby are also featured, while chapters on coursing and greyhound racing rank alongside surreal reports on ratting contests and songbird singing competitions. And for 30 years Tommy Wisdom made his motoring reports unique by competing against the best at Brooklands, Le Mans and in many Monte Carlo rallies, while Henry Longhurst’s golfing column was simply the best. The paper’s strident campaigns for racing reforms are also chronicled along with its coverage of major news stories, from Fred Archer’s shocking suicide to its own untimely demise. Its travails in the law courts are documented from its first year, when it was forced to change its title, to its last, when it had to pay libel damages to the training team of Lynda and Jack Ramsden and their jockey, Kieren Fallon. A higher price was paid by its French correspondent who was killed in a duel over an article he had written, while the terrible toll the First World War took on the nation’s sporting heroes is catalogued by the Life’s embedded army correspondent, against a background of political bungling that is being repeated today.

Swimming Upstream

A story of grit and determination to succeed
Author: Shirley Zinn
Publisher: KR Publishing
ISBN: 1869226011
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 164
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Shirley Zinn’s story is one of determination, courage, and triumph over incredible adversity. Born and raised on the Cape Flats, Shirley never allowed her past to dictate her future. She proved that the typical story of a girl from the Cape Flats – that of gangsterism, alcoholism and teenage pregnancy – didn’t have to be her story. Instead she relentlessly pursued her own goals and forged an impressive academic career even when she faced significant odds. And when she’d done that, she set out to conquer the world of business. Shirley is a formidable woman with an amazing story to tell. She has risen to the top of the pile in both academic and business circles, and yet she has retained great humanity and empathy in the face of great personal tragedy. Her story has lessons for us all – whether we are ordinary or extraordinary, whether we work in business, in government, or at home. Shirley’s story will inspire you and show you that it is possible to achieve your goals, if you are prepared to swim upstream and be single-minded in getting where you want to be.

The First Rule of Swimming


Author: Courtney Angela Brkic
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780316248938
Category: Croats
Page: 193
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"Magdalena does not panic when she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. A free-spirit, Jadranka has always been prone to mysterious absences. But when weeks pass with no word, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where their family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war."--Amazon.

The Swimmer

The Story of a Passion
Author: John Henry Mackay
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465321473
Category: Fiction
Page: 223
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The Swimmer is one of the very first literary sports novels. Although not a competitive swimmer himself, Mackay was a passionate swimmer and well acquainted with the scene of competitive swimming and diving in Berlin around 1900. This historical picture of the sports world at that time will be familiar to today ́s readers in many ways, but may surprise us in its details, for example, of competitions no longer widely practiced, such as "diving for plates" and "swimming with obstacles." For this reason it is a valuable historical document. It is also an exciting sports story with "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." But The Swimmer is much more: it is a fascinating psychological study of the rise and fall of a champion swimmer in his single-minded pursuit of his sport - and fame. Mackay ́s protagonist Franz Felder was "born to swim" and we follow his first, happy dip into the water to his last, fatal plunge. All attention is on young Felder, but other characters are clearly delineated: his wise coach, the equally single-minded sculptor, the seductress from the international demi-monde - last, and alas least, the loyal, devoted fan. The story is told with insight and compassion, as Mackay, the "omniscient narrator," looks into the deepest feelings and motives of his protagonist, whom Mackay ́s biographer has described as "an enchanted beast of the fairy tale books, under whose rough exterior is hidden a prince"-a price who "never found the charm that would have brought out his true character." Mackay makes all of this come alive for us, so that we sympathize with Felder even as we perceive the flaws that bring about his downfall. The book can be read on several levels: as a historical document, a thrilling sports story, a human drama. In every case, it is a good read.

Swimming Everyone


Author: Yvonne Joan Messner,Nikki A. Assmann
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Swimming
Page: 186
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Swimming


Author: Stephen Timblin
Publisher: Cherry Lake
ISBN: 1602794073
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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In the complex world of the 21st century, the ability to use innovation to solve problems or make products better is a critical skill for kids to possess. This book uses a sport kid's love, swimming, to highlight how innovation has been used to make the sport and the people who compete in it, better.

The Story of a New Name

Neapolitan Novels, Book Two
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609451473
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
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Book Two in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet In 2012, Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila, whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels. The Story of a New Name is the second book in this series. With these books, which the New Yorker's James Wood described as "large, captivating, amiably peopled...a beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal," Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's most accomplished storytellers. She writes vividly about a specific neighborhood of Naples from the late-1950s through to the current day and about two remarkable young women who are very much the products of that place and time. Yet in doing so she has created a world in which readers will recognize themselves and has drawn a marvelously nuanced portrait of friendship. In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her enterée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Love, jealousy, family, freedom, commitment, and above all friendship: these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, the acclaimed author of The Days of Abandonment, gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.

El fugitivo


Author: Stephen King
Publisher: DEBOLS!LLO
ISBN: 8466335536
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Una angustiante novela del maestro de terror Stephen King sobre un aterrador futuro donde la televisión es la única realidad. A mediados del siglo XXI, un concurso televisivo, cuyo principal atractivo es la muerte de los participantes, bate récords de audiencia. Ben Richards, padre de una niña enferma y sumido en la más profunda miseria, decide concursar atraído por los extraordinarios premios, aun a sabiendas de que no sobrevivirá. Sometido a una implacable persecución, se plantea un único objetivo: resistir tantos días como sea posible para aumentar el premio y asegurar la subsistencia de su familia.

The Story of Two-Toed Sam

Or How the Outer Banks Were Formed
Author: Gwendolyn Johnson
Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing
ISBN: 9781427607607
Category:
Page: N.A
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Engaging colorful tall tale of how young Samuel Gillikin, who became known as "Two-toed Sam", helped create the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Linguistically rich, with a glossary of "Down East" NC colloquialisms, this is a fun book to read and share.

Grayson


Author: Lynne Cox
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156034678
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 153
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Describes the author's encounter with a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother off the southern California coast, and relates her efforts to reunite it with its mother.

Cuentos de Firozsha Baag


Author: Rohinton Mistry
Publisher: Grijalbo Mondadori
ISBN: 9788439720645
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Pigs of Paradise

The Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs
Author: T. R. Todd
Publisher: Skyhorse
ISBN: 9781510738850
Category: Nature
Page: 176
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“The Bahamas are famous for sun, sand—and swimming pigs.” —National Geographic In the middle of paradise, with billionaires and celebrities for neighbors, is an island populated only by swimming pigs. For decades, this archipelago of 365 islands would remain largely unknown to the world. It would not be a ruthless pirate, pioneering loyalists, a notorious drug kingpin, or the infamous Fyre Festival that would unveil Exuma to the world, but rather the most unlikely of creatures. Appearing in magazines, videos, newspapers, commercials, TV shows, and countless selfies, the Swimming Pigs of Exuma, in the Bahamas, have become a bucket-list sensation and have been named one of the marvels of the universe. But how did they reach this celebrity status? What made them so famous? And why, in February 2017, did so many of them die? Pigs of Paradise is an unlikely story of humble beginnings and a swift rise to stardom. With interviews from historians, world-renowned ecologists, famous pig owners, and boat captains, it thoughtfully considers what this phenomenon says about not only these animals but also about us.