Apparently this book first appeared a few years ago, but somehow failed to get onto DIVER’s radar.
I’d be quite prepared to accept that we should get some new radar, except that I have a feeling that this had more to do with inadequate promotion, given that it was self-published.
And who knows, perhaps because author Nick Lyon was associated with the British Sub-Aqua Club and wrote for the club’s magazine, it wasn’t sent to DIVER for review first time round!
Anyway, now the book is in the hands of Dived Up, which has a good publishing track record, and what matters is that it deserves
a proper push, because it offers an insightful view of British scuba-diving.
More importantly, it’s that rare thing in diving – a very funny book.
I’d go so far as to say it’s the most amusing book about the sub-aqua scene I’ve read since the heyday of Andy Blackford, and I know that because I kept laughing out loud as I turned the pages.
That’s not something I can often say about books I’m sent for review.
The Diver’s Tale traces Lyon’s long leisure-diving career in Britain (and Malta, but he’s from Cornwall and essentially a coldwater diver). I don’t know if all the experiences described are exactly as they happened, but they certainly have the ring of truth.