Published by Duckworth Overlook
'Lovely, lively, passionate... a celebration of nature's ability to inspire healing and joy' Robert MacFarlane.
In the breast strokes of Roger Deakin's Waterlog, this is the story of one man's journey swimming in Britain's waters while coming to terms with something more challenging than the choppy waters of the English Channel.
Joe Minihane became obsessed with wild swimming and its restorative power, developing a new-found passion by following the example of naturalist Roger Deakin in his own swimming memoir. While fighting the currents, sometimes treading water, Minihane confronts the buried issues in his life. Both strange and beautiful, the water puts him in touch with nature and himself. Floating is a remarkable memoir about a love of swimming and a deep appreciation for the British countryside. It captures in memorable detail Minihane’s struggle to understand himself, to move forward and celebrate the joy of taking time out for oneself. From Hampstead to Yorkshire, Dorset to Jura, the Isles of Scilly to Wales, Minihane has written a love letter to wild stretches of water. We swim with him through ponds, lakes, rivers and the ice-cold sea coming out of the water refreshed and ready to enjoy life.
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