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How to Read Water

Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
Narrated by: Tristan Gooley
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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Editorial Reviews

'This study of rivers, lakes, puddles and seas brims over with astonishing facts...His observational skills can be breathtaking' ( The Sunday Times)

Publisher's Summary

A must-have book for walkers, sailors, swimmers, anglers and everyone interested in thenatural world, in How To Read Water, Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you.

Includes over 700 clues, signs and patterns.

You'll learn how to:

  • Interpret ponds like a Polynesian
  • Spot dangerous water in the pitch black with the help of a clock face
  • Read the sea like a Viking
  • Forecast the weather from waves
  • Find your way with puddles
  • Decipher wave patterns on beaches
  • Decode the colour of water

Unravel a river like an expert.

From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding off Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us.

©2016 Tristan Gooley (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic Reviews

A Sunday Times 'Must Read' book.

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Accessible yet extensively thorough

dense with knowledge and demands your full attention BUT is well worth it. begins small, with cups and bathtubs before working towards seafaring, giving a foundation of thermodynamics that i wasnt prepared for. I will be rereading this soon! thank-you Tristan!

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  • CJW
  • 21-07-2016

Great read (listen)...

This is a fascinating book from an inspirational author - it enables the entry level reader and expert to learn and enjoy his experiences and shared wisdom. He presents the information in a light and enjoyable manner and it is very easy to listen to - the equivalent of 'unputdownable'. I would strongly recommend it and will seek out his public speaking presentations at the RGS if possible. Looking forward (hopefully) to seeing his other titles on this site asap.

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  • suepete
  • 03-07-2017

Great book.

Facts you did not know you needed to know but are very useful to know

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  • d.c. moore
  • 10-10-2018

Good, especially if your a sea lover.

Was good to listen to, but I personally didn't find it as good as wild signs and star paths, but that is just down to my personal interests. Always guaranteed to learn plenty from his books though.

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  • Boo Boo
  • 11-12-2017

Interesting And Entertaining

A very informative book which is well read by the author and well produced. One needs to concentrate to appreciate the signs and meanings described, but it is worth the effort.

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  • Mr
  • 06-05-2017

Fascinating

A great and well narrated dip into the watery world. Enjoyed every minute of it

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  • Thought Processor
  • 27-01-2017

Glad I took a risk with this book

Fantastic, informative, well written (and spoken). Didn't know what to expect in this book but so glad I chose it. This is one of my favourite books and I have just listened to it for the third time; I know I will read/listen to it many times in the future.