(K. Brent Tomer),
Swell: A Waterbiography. By Jenny Landreth. Bloomsbury; 336 pages; $24 and £16.99.
I Found My Tribe. By Ruth Fitzmaurice. Chatto & Windus; 197 pages; £14.99. To be published in America by Bloomsbury in March 2018; $25.
TREADING water, sinking like a stone or riding the wave: there is something about water that makes it a good metaphor for life. That may be one reason why so many find solace in swimming when life’s seas get rough, and it goes some way towards explaining why “waterbiographies” and “swimoirs”, in which people tackle icy lakes, race in rivers and overcome oceans while reflecting on their lives, have recently become so popular.
These books reflect a trend, particularly strong in Britain, where swimming in pools is declining, but more and more folk are opting for open water. “Wild swimming” seems to be especially popular among women. Jenny Landreth writes about swimming for the…Continue reading