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The Dreaming Swimmer

Non-Fiction 1987–1992

to the memory of Janet Evans
nobis cum semel occidit brevis luc
nox est perpetua una dormienda
The striking aphorism requires a stricken aphorist.
— Alfred Polgar

Acknowledgement is due to the editors of the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the Observer, the Spectator and the Radio Times, in which some of these pieces first appreared; to the controlling bodies of ITV, the BBC and the Royal Television Society for asking my opinion; and to Joanna Kilmartin, Sarah Raphael, Pete Atkin and Billy Connolly for choosing me as a spokesman.