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Neutral Buoyancy

In the shock of bereavement, Tim Ecott went scuba diving in the Indian Ocean. What began as an underwater excursion to displace his grief became an obsession that has shaped his life. In "Neutral Buoyancy" he shares his passion for the sea. Gripping tales of historical diving bells, Greek sponge-divers, World War II frogmen and record-setting breath-hold divers are laced with captivating accounts of the author's own experience underwater in an elegant blend of arcane history, vivid reportage and memoir. The reader is taken from Ireland to Austria, Florida to Papua New Guinea and the islands of the Bahamas and the Seychelles. "Neutral Buoyancy" is a journey filled with exotic, eccentric human characters competing for space with misunderstood sharks, weeping turtles, smiling dolphins and erotically shaped sea slugs. This unique and inspiring insight into our relationship with the deep will allow even the most timid swimmer to lose themselves underwater.
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Healing waters; clutching at air - Fiji, South Pacific; organic gold - Tarpon Springs, Florida, Desroches Island, Amirantes; straightening the bends - County Down coast, the Irish Sea; advanced French - Freeport, Bahamas, Farquhar Island, southern Indian Ocean; flickering images - Vienna, Austria; in the shadow of the fire god - the Mismarck Sea, western Pacific; chariots of war - Long Beach, California, Perevil Ledges, Dorset; habitats - Conception Arena, Seychelles; hell's teeth - the Bahamas, western Atlantic; diving free - Santa Teresa di Gallura, Sardinia; meeting of minds - Brissare Rocks, Seychelles.

About the Author

Tim Ecott joined the BBC World Service as a producer and correspondent in news and current affairs. A specialist on Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean he spent two years based in the Seychelles where he developed a parallel career as a dive leader. He lives in Richmond, London.

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