In 1996 I interviewed actor Eric Bana (he was Bachelor of the Year, I was working at CLEO) and he talked at length about his obsession with swimming pools. Obsessed is the wrong word – he had studied them, pools were a full time hobby, he knew everything there was to know about them – historically, architecturally – his scope of knowledge was quite extraordinary.
He gave me a list of books I should buy for my coffee table.
His enthusiasm sparked the collector in me and over the years I’ve amassed a number of books on aquatic loveliness. They’re total escapism and watch what happens when you have visitors – it’s the first book they pick up to flick through.
Great presents for yourself and others. Dive in.