Researching Between the Devil and the Deep: Meet the men who saved Martin Robson and save some money yourself

Thursday, 20 June 2019

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The diving season in Europe and the US is now well and truly underway and the crowdfunding campaign for Between the Devil and the Deep has reached the home stretch. We are now just a handful of percentage points from being fully funded. To help us reach our goal, the publisher, Unbound, is offering our supporters a 10 per cent saving this month if they want to upgrade their pledge, perhaps adding…

Researching Between the Devil and the Deep: Logging a dive at Blue Lake

Friday, 26 April 2019

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Here is some Friday reading to get you ready for a weekend of diving. It's the latest insight into the research that I've done for Between The Devil and the Deep, and covers the opportunity I had to dive Blue Lake with Martin. Having spent so long looking at plans, photographs and video of the lake this was finally my chance to dip beneath the surface. I hope you enjoy. If so, please share it…

Researching Between the Devil and the Deep: Blue Lake's Mountain Diver Eduard Khuazhev

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

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If you've been keeping tabs on the crowdfunding campaign for Between the Devil and the Deep you will have seen we're already 83 per cent of the way to our target. Having spent so long researching and writing the book, I'm excited to see the point on the horizon when it can be shared with you all. While you wait, here is another update from our research trip to Russia last summer. The piece features…

Researching Between the Devil and the Deep: Rotten eggs and beautiful blue lake

Thursday, 21 March 2019

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The whiff of what can only be described as rotten eggs wafted through the driver's open window and into the back of the van where we were seated.

Ah, Blue Lake, our interpreter, Vladimir Belichenko, said. You can smell the lake when you are near.

We’d been on the road from Nalchik for about 40 minutes. We had driven alongside the vast orchard near the river, past the hydroelectric power…

Otter Drysuit offer

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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Otter have very generously allowed us to sell their Otter Atlantic drysuit for an absolute bargain price of £1250!  Your pledge will get you a made to measure Atlantic dry suit, Otter's very latest design, in your choice of colours.  You can learn more about the suit on Otter's website. The pledge includes a signed first edition hardback plus limited edition Between the Devil and the Deep t-shirt…

Researching Between the Devil and the Deep: A train journey south to the Blue Lake

Wednesday, 13 March 2019


Interpreting is hard work. My wife used to do it for work and it takes a level of concentration and ability to shift seamlessly between two languages I still find impressive. The research trip to Moscow and Blue Lake for Between the Devil and the Deep wouldn’t have been as successful as it was without some very kind people who helped organise and interpret for us.

Martin and I were lucky to…

Researching Between the Devil and the Deep: Behind the curtain to meet the doctor

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

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As we enter our second phase of the crowdfunding campaign I wanted to offer an insight into the research that has gone into the book. Over the coming days, I will upload a diary entry covering our most recent research trip to Russia. We were taken to some unique places, met and interviewed some amazing people, covered a fair few miles by train between Moscow and Russia's southern borderland close…

Half way there, thank you

Thursday, 28 February 2019

I know this is two updates in one day but I want to say thank you to everyone who has pledged so far. Thanks to you we have reached 50% of our target. We still have the second half to go but this is our first big milestone, thank you.


Incredible offer from Otter Drysuits

Thursday, 28 February 2019

An incredible offer with the help of Otter Watersports Drysuits! They have offered us one of their new Atlantic Drysuits in support of the pledges. This is a once only offer and a chance not only for a book and T-shirt but a fabulous new dry suit at less than the normal retail price!

I know our supporters who see this update have already pledged and thank you so much for that but if you could share…

Lost to the bends and lost in the edit, the story of Walter Trapnell shared in thanks for supporting us

Monday, 25 February 2019

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Stock image courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives, item 6119


Writers, as the advice goes, must be prepared to “kill your darlings” in the edit, cutting the unnecessary scenes, extraneous details and excessive back story to maintain the pace of their work. For non-fiction authors those darlings can be significant, unknown or long-forgotten stories they have worked hard to dig out…

Our first week!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

We are just about to enter our second week and alreay we have an unbeliveable 112 supporters backing the project. What can I say apart from thank you so much to all of you. Mark and I are both really excited that after a lot of work and one or two set backs we finally on our way.

There is a tiny taster of what some of the Blue Lake project entailed in the linked video. Sorry it is in Russian!

Writing in progress
Publication date: TBC
106% funded
416 backers