A Boy in the Water (Hardback)Tom Gregory (author)
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018
'A fascinating story full of innocence, achievement, ambition and trust' - Ellen MacArthur
The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel swim became reality.
Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom.
Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonizing hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father.
This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 316 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 22 mm
'I am absolutely in awe; a mindblowing and phenomenal feat. A Boy in the Water will challenge ideas of what is possible' - Chrissie Wellington
'Written beautifully through the eyes of a child yet to enter his teens, A Boy in the Water resonated strongly taking me back to my own childhood. A fascinating story full of innocence, achievement, ambition and trust.' - Ellen MacArthur
'Charming and different; a lovely, brilliant memoir. What a boy! What a feat!' - Victoria Derbyshire
'Reading this and it's extraordinary. The challenge and the exhilaration of open water swimming brilliantly evoked. A really different and interesting read.' - Clare Balding
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