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Book Reviews

Reviews of the best books available dealing with scuba diving and the underwater world, its environment and creatures
paul humman with one of his most famous fish id books

Reef Fish Identification’s Paul Humann dies aged 86

The co-founder of one of the world's most highly regarded fish identification books has passed away peacefully at the age of 86
Nudibranchs & Whales: an extract from Helen Scales’ Around the Ocean in 80 Fish

Nudibranchs & Whales: an extract from Helen Scales’ Around the Ocean in 80 Fish

Extracts from Helen Scales’ beautifully illustrated Around the Ocean in 80 Fish & Other Sea Life, featuring two of its most iconic ocean creatures
Review: Many Things Under a Rock – The Mysteries of Octopuses, by David Scheel

Review: Many Things Under a Rock – The Mysteries of Octopuses, by David Scheel

ByMax JamesSep 26, 2023
A review of Many Things Under a Rock - The Mysteries of Octopuses, by David Scheel - a fascinating book about a fascinating subject
Review: The Bathysphere Book by Brad Fox

Review: The Bathysphere Book by Brad Fox

ByGraeme GourlaySep 20, 2023
A review of The Bathysphere Book, Effects of Luminous Ocean Depths by Brad Fox - an extraordinary book about an extraordinary man
Review: Britain’s Living Seas, by Hannah Rudd

Review: Britain’s Living Seas, by Hannah Rudd

ByGraeme GourlayMar 30, 2023
A review of Britain's Living Seas, Our Coastal Wildlife and How We Can Save It, by Hannah Rudd, Bloomsbury Wildlife
Review: A Diver’s Guide to the World

Review: A Diver’s Guide to the World

A Diver's Guide to the World, in which Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor explore 50 of the world's top dive spots focused on sustainability.
Review: The Mountain in the Sea, by Ray Nayler

Review: The Mountain in the Sea, by Ray Nayler

ByGraeme GourlayMar 1, 2023
Ray Nayler's The Mountain in the Sea is a stunning work of science fiction, which pays proper attention to the details of scuba diving
Spring Tides, by Fiona Gell: a dive to remember

Spring Tides, by Fiona Gell: a dive to remember

ByDIVE ContributorsOct 7, 2022
Win a signed copy of marine biologist Fiona Gell's book, Spring Tides, as she recalls a dive encounter with Isle of Man quahog in this extract
Review: Spring Tides, Exploring Marine Life on the Isle of Man, by Fiona Gell

Review: Spring Tides, Exploring Marine Life on the Isle of Man, by Fiona Gell

ByGraeme GourlaySep 6, 2022
Fiona Gell's beautifully written book is her story of returning to the Isle Man to work as a marine conservationist
Review: A Blue New Deal

Review: A Blue New Deal

ByGraeme GourlayMay 27, 2022
A powerful polemic calling for urgent action to save our blue planet from Chris Armstrong
Cover of Life on the Rocks

Review: Life On The Rocks

ByGraeme GourlayMay 20, 2022
A moving story by Julie Berwald intertwines a personal drama with the global crisis of coral conservation.
Review | Dylan McFinn and the Sea Serpent’s Fury

Review | Dylan McFinn and the Sea Serpent’s Fury

Dylan McFinn and the Sea Serpent's Fury is the first of three novels by Liam Jenkins, who – inspired by scuba diving – brings to the page an excellent young-adult adventure filled with a wonderful sense of humour, and a very important message for conservation.
two divers training underwater

Review | The Fundamentals of Better Diving

ByDIVE ContributorsDec 17, 2021
Roz Lunn reviews the updated and revised Global Underwater Explorers manual The Fundamental of Better Diving