Swimming with Seals (Paperback)

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Swimming with Seals (Paperback)


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A book about intense physical and personal experience, narrating how Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of escaping a failing marriage.

This is a memoir of intense physical and personal experience, exploring how swimming with seals, gulls and orcas in the cold waters off Orkney provided Victoria Whitworth with an escape from a series of life crises and helped her to deal with intolerable loss.

It is also a treasure chest of history and myth, local folklore and archaeological clues, giving us tantalising glimpses of Pictish and Viking men and women, those people lost to history, whose long-hidden secrets are sometimes yielded up by the land and sea.

Victoria Whitworth is a historian and bestselling author of Daughter of the Wolf and Swimming with Seals. She lives near Inverness, where she writes full time.
Product Details ISBN: 9781838937447
ISBN-10: 1838937447
Publisher: Apollo
Publication Date: July 1st, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English

“There's no shortage of books about wild swimming... Perhaps the most intriguing of the lot is Swimming with Seals'” —Scotland on Sunday

“onderfully evocative... Fascinating... The writing is consistently alert and engaging'” —Scotsman

“Attentive, astute and beautiful... I adored it'” —Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun

“I finished this book wanting to find a cold lido, or jump into a lake, or walk into the cold sea and stay there for as long as I could stand it, and then do it again” —Guardian

“Each little "dreamlike postcard" in this captivating book takes you deeper into the world novelist Victoria Whitworth experienced as a sea-swimmer in the wild waters of Orkney'” —Sainsbury's Magazine

“The author's descriptions of the coastline in Orkney and the savannah in Kenya, where she spent some of her childhood, are sharp and original... enjoy wallowing in the richness of her theological, philosophical and literary knowledge'” —The National

“An eloquent celebration of swimming in the cold waters of Orkney and a fascinating memoir” —Half Man Half Book

“A tale of redemption through nature and water's powerful ability to heal” —Outdoor Photography

“Intelligent, wide-reaching memoir... somehow refreshing, and calming, even in its introspection'” —The Bookseller.

“Absorbing and thrilling” —Ella Foote, Outdoor Swimming