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Haunts of the Black Masseur


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A re-issue of the cult swimming classic, twenty-five years after its first publication.

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Charles Sprawson was an obsessional swimmer and diver who swam the Hellespont. He died in January 2020.


[Sprawson] has an ornate style of prose, apparently smooth, but rippling with wit and candour... Haunts of the Black Masseur was a delight when I read it first time round and 25 years on, it strikes me as even better -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
Original and sparkling... A haunting, sensual, slippery read that will make you long for seaweed on your skin and sand between your toes. A must for swimmers -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * The Lady *
A wholly original idea...a brilliant translation of a singular passion -- Alan Ross * Times Literary Supplement *
A devoted and luminously romantic history of swimming * Guardian *
An exhilarating plunge into some of the deepest pools inside our heads... Magnificently obsessive, this social and cultural history of swimming is the best book I read this year -- J G Ballard

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