This section of the website lists a variety of resources relevant to the river Cam. If you would like to suggest any additional material, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deakin R (2000) Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain, Vintage
I was introduced to this book around 2002, at which time I was swimming in as many outdoor stretches of water as possible. Read it if you are a keen swimmer, or if you are interested in waterways and the landscape.
Gooley T (2016) How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea, Hodder and Staughton London
Kinsky E (2014) River, Fitzcarraldo, London
A book that does more than describe the water. From coasts to lakes, rivers and streams, the different features within watery locations are poetically described.
Laing O (2011) To The River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, Canongate, Edinburgh
Bogner F and Tomkins S (2015) The Cam: An Aerial Portrait of the Cambridge River, The Laber Foundation
I am grateful to Guy Belcher, Cambridge City Council Biodiversity Officer for the recommendation to read this book.
Hooper M (2015) River Story, Walker Books
A beautifully illustrated book for children, revealing the river's journey from mountain to the sea.
Allen F, Dixon-Scott J (1943) The Fair Rivers of Southern England, London: Frederick Muller Ltd.
An unexpected discovery in my bookcase, with some evocative black and white photographs of rivers including the Cam
Spalding F (2004) Gwen Raverat: Friends, Family and Affections, Pimlico
A generous loan from a friend who heard I was looking at the work of Gwen Raverat. It is a book that moves smoothly between the history and context for Raverat's work to the emotional and social circumstances surrounding her production
Raverat G (1952) Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood, Faber and Faber
The unique description of Raverat's childhood that reveals Victorian life and her family influences and upbringing
Sherr L (2012) Swim: Why we love the water, Public Affairs USA
A gentle exploration of swimming, from techniques past and present, historical perspectives, the benefits of swimming and more
Lichtenstein R (2017) Estuary: Out from the Sea, Penguin
A recommendation from a good friend and curator of work in coastal locations
Syme P (2017) Werner's Nomenclature of Colours, Natural History Museum
An exquisite small publication, richly visual and thought provoking