Swimming with Seals

Recommended by Charles Foster, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #59 in Swimming

Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of temporary escape from a failing marriage, a stifling religious environment and a series of health problems. Over four years, her encounters with the sea and all its weathers, the friendships she made, the wild creatures she encountered, combined to transform her life. This book is a love letter, to the beach where she swims regularly and its microcosmic world, to the ever-changing cold waters where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and to the seals, her constant companions. less

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Charles Foster The sea is a soup of the Precambrian, the Jurassic, the early Medieval, benighted modernity, and everything before and in between. Swimming in it connects her with the place, Orkney, which itself of course is an amalgam of all these times, none of which ever passes away. (Source)

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