Scuba Diver Magazines

BOOK REVIEW: The Diver’s Tale, by Nick Lyon


Related stories

Nudibranchs of Malaysia

Malaysia is Home to an assortment of spectacular Nudibranchs It...

The Devil Walks at Dusk

With mottled skin as rough as sandpaper, the devil...

Stunning Pom Pom Island Resort

Pom Pom Island Resort Malaysia’s Tucked Away Diving Retreat Kick...

Wakatobi’s Dunia Baru

Wakatobi Dive Site #35 Dunia Baru is rarely listed on...

New discoveries on the Lusitania

Acclaimed technical diver and photographer Vic Verlinden has finally...

First in a new series of Book Reviews, focusing on the offbeat, humorous and occasionally tragic The Diver's Tale, by Nick Lyon


Over the years I have read a lot of diving-related books. And I mean a lot. I have to say, The Diver's Tale is definitely up in the top ten. Why, you may ask, what makes it such a stellar read? Well, that is down to Mr Lyon and his writing style. He manages to write in a very accessible fashion about a wide variety of incidents, issues, situations and more that we, as divers – particularly UK divers – can all identify with and, in many circumstances, sagely nod to ourselves and think ‘yep, I've done that', or ‘hmmm, I've been there'. It is this innate ability to zero in on all of the foibles that make the British diving scene so unlike anything else on the planet that makes The Diver's Tale such an enjoyable read. Even more impressive is the fact that Nick also manages to include some genuinely insightful and useful observations in among the disparate tales of diving derring do for readers to be able to tuck away into their mindset which will aid them in their future diving endeavours, and he doesn't shy away from stories with sadly tragic outcomes. Hopefully, this will be the first of many books from this author, but in the meantime, if you want to get the unadulterated, straight from the horse's mouth experience of Nick Lyon's humour – think a slightly deviant, twisted, acerbic and bald diving version of Peter Kay (another person adept at identifying situations we can all relate to in everyday life) – then head north to the Orkney Islands, as he can now be found behind the wheel of a dive boat with Orkney and Shetland Charters.

Mark Evans


The Diver's Tale

ISBN: 978-1-909455-24-5

GBP: £12

USD: $17.95

AUS$: $17.95

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
Top 10 Dive Computers 2022 | Top10 ...
Top 10 Dive Computers 2022 | Top10 Scuba | @Scuba Diver Magazine



Get a weekly roundup of all Scuba Diver news and articles 🤿

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest stories

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x