A Boy in the Water (Paperback)Tom Gregory (author)
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Beautifully written . . . often heart-wrenching. -- Jane Shilling * The Daily Mail *
I am absolutely in awe; a mind-blowing and phenomenal feat. A Boy in the Water will change ideas of what is possible -- Chrissie Wellington, former professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion
A Boy in the Water is a truly wonderful read of resilience, determination and courage. Whether you are interested in what it takes to be a Channel swimmer, or love a sport memoir, or simply like stories of our different experiences in the water, this book will win your heart. -- Lexi Earl, The Outdoor Swimming Society
A compelling account that serves above all as tribute to John Bullet, [Tom Gregory's] charismatic coach. -- Nick Pitt, 'Best sports books of 2018' * The Times *
This evocative memoir recounts an agonising, hallucination-filled swim across the English Channel in 1988, when Gregory was just 11 years old. -- The Telegraph, '50 books that blew us away'
Gregory convinces us that for all his flaws, Bullett (who died of a stroke not long after the swim) was an extraordinary, inspirational man. He seems less willing to acknowledge that there is something even more remarkable about a chubby eleven-year-old fuelled by chocolate Digestives and Heinz tomato soup, with the sound of "Together in Electric Dreams" in his head, swimming in temperatures of around 16 degrees for 11 hours and fifty-four minutes. But A Boy in the Water allows the reader his own private amazement. -- David Horspool * The Times Literary Supplement *
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