Waterlog by Roger Deakin (1999)

Produced by: Mike Carrington Wood for Random House Audio Books
ISBN: 1-85686524X
Abridgement by: Derek Webb
Directed by:
Running time: 3 hours, 2 cassettes, abridged

Michael Kitchen ... Narrator

The Novel:
(From the cover notes)

Inspired by John Cheever's classic short story "The Swimmer", Roger Deakin set out from his moat in Suffolk to swim through the British Isles. The result of his journey is a maverick work of observation and imagination, a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep, instinctive affinity with water. Encompassing cultural history, autobiography, travel writing and natural history, Waterlog is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

The Reader:
(From the cover notes)

Michael Kitchen has worked extensively in television, film and theatre, including performances with the RSC. Recent television credits include "Reckless", "Oliver Twist" and "Life and Times of Michael Fry" (sic). He also appeared in the recent blockbuster James Bond film, "The World Is Not Enough".