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Floating

Floating
A Life Regained
Joe Minihane
Price: £
9.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
5 Apr 2018
ISBN: 
9780715652701
Pages: 
240
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
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Praised by Robert MacFarlene – the brave and inspirational story of overcoming anxiety through wild swimming.

This is one man’s journey, swimming across Britain’s countryside and immersing in the sometimes icy waters while coming to terms with something more challenging than the choppy waters of the English Channel. As Joe Minihane comes up for air, he discovers that swimming is both a joyous activity and a voyage into oneself.

Minihane became obsessed with wild swimming and its restorative qualities, developing a new-found passion by following the example of naturalist Roger Deakin in his classic Waterlog. While fighting the currents, sometimes treading water, Minihane begins to confront the buried issues in his life. Along the way, he rekindles old friendships and forges new ones, and after an unexpected setback discovers that he has already gained enough strength to continue his recovery on dry land.

Both strange and beautiful, the wild water puts him in touch with nature and himself. Floating is a remarkable memoir about a passion for swimming and nature. Moving from darkness into light, it is as intense and moving as it is lyrical and generous. It captures in memorable detail Minihane’s struggle to understand his life, to move forward and, steeped in the anti-authoritarian and naturalistic spirit of Deakin, celebrates the joy of taking time to enjoy life. From Hampstead to Yorkshire, and Dorset to Jura, from the Isles of Scilly to Wales, Minihane has written a love letter to wild stretches of water. We swim with him through ponds and lakes, rivers and canals, lodes and marshes, even the ice-cold sea and come out of the water healthier.

Reviews

‘Engaging and enjoyable… as much a commentary on the changing nature of Britain as a celebration of wild swimming’ The Idler

‘A string of immersive green dreams, from still, pollen-dusted ponds of warm days to the cold churning power of the sea…  this is an effortless, absorbing read. Floating highlights the beautiful variety of outdoor swims possible in Britain and the great positive impact they can have.’ Caught by the River

‘We follow Minihane as he teams up with various friends to tackle swims in public pools, murky canals, sparkling lakes and fierce waves… anyone who has enjoyed the recent raft of ‘nature as therapy’ books would find this a good read’ Nudge Books 

'A gem... so thoughtful. Prose as clean and beautiful as a good swim' Jessica Lee (author of Turning) 

Lovely, lively, passionate… a celebration of nature’s ability to inspire healing and joy’ Robert MacFarlane, author of Landmarks

‘I love this book… this has to sit next to Waterlog in every swimmer’s library’ Jenny Landreth, author of Swell: A Waterbiography

‘Minihane writes with a compulsive honesty and clarity that draws you into its stream as beguiling as any river Deakin ever swam – a wonderful read. Highly recommended!’ Kate Rew founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society

‘A wonderful book: a love letter to wild swimming, a hate letter to anxiety and a story of how we can learn to live with ourselves, our overclocked minds, even after we climb out of the water’ Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine

Joe Minihane

About Joe Minihane

Joe Minihane is a journalist based in Brighton. He trained at the Cardiff Journalism School and went on to work for a variety of lifestyle magazines in London before striking out on his own in 2009. The author writes on a broad list of subjects for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, but this is his first book.

Floating

Floating
A Life Regained
Joe Minihane
Price: £
14.99
  • Hardback
Published: 
4 May 2017
ISBN: 
9780715651803
Pages: 
240
Genre: 
  • Sport
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A brave, moving and inspirational story of wild swimming and succeeding against all odds.

“Water has always had the magical power to cure…” writes Roger Deakin in his bestseller Waterlog. This reasoning served as the inspiration for Minihane to take his new obsession with wild swimming to greater heights, with the goal of swimming in every river, lake, lido and bay which Deakin visited on his own trip in the mid-1990s. But beyond his plans to use the journey as a means to see and experience the UK’s most scenic locations, it was also a way of soothing his troubled mind and finding a path back to happiness after finally admitting he had a problem with anxiety.

Floating is the story of Joe Minihane’s attempt to retrace the greatest swimming exploration of our time while facing up to his struggles with anxiety by diving right in. A very different book from Deakin’s Waterlog, this is a journey of overcoming emotional and psychological problems with swimming as the medium for recovery. But when Minihane’s endeavour is brought to an unexpected halt and he is unable to escape his anxieties in the water, he must discover the means to face them head-on. Turning to professional help and relying on the support of a growing band of swimming fanatics, he learns why his persistent worrying has developed into crippling anxiety and develops the tools to overcome it.

While Floating may bring readers back years later to Deakin’s spectacular swimming spots, Minihane’s wonderful book is about more: coming to the understanding that in life, as in swimming, we sometimes need to let the current lead us and learn how to float in choppy waters.

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Reviews

'Lovely, lively, passionate... a celebration of nature's ability to inspire healing and joy' Robert Macfarlane

'A wonderful book: a love letter to wild swimming, a hate letter to anxiety and a story of how we can learn to live with ourselves' Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine

'I love this book. It’s about swimming, and sometimes about not swimming - but there’s so much else. There’s nature, the changing landscape, politics, anxiety, challenge and friendship. This is a travelogue, memoir, and a not-always-glorious dip into all kinds of waters. It’s warm, reflective and honest, and there were times I was very glad it wasn’t me having to get in. This has to sit next to Waterlog in every swimmer’s library'  Jenny Landreth, author of Swell: A Waterbiography

'Minihane writes with a compulsive honesty and clarity that draws you into its stream as beguiling as any river Deakin ever swam – a wonderful read. Highly recommended!' Kate Rew, author of Wild Swim and founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society

‘Engaging and enjoyable… as much a commentary on the changing nature of Britain as a celebration of wild swimming’ The Idler

‘A string of immersive green dreams, from still, pollen-dusted ponds of warm days to the cold churning power of the sea…  this is an effortless, absorbing read. Floating highlights the beautiful variety of outdoor swims possible in Britain and the great positive impact they can have.’ Caught by the River

‘We follow Minihane as he teams up with various friends to tackle swims in public pools, murky canals, sparkling lakes and fierce waves… anyone who has enjoyed the recent raft of ‘nature as therapy’ books would find this a good read’ Nudge Books 

'A gem... so thoughtful. Prose as clean and beautiful as a good swim' Jessica Lee (author of Turning) 

Joe Minihane

About Joe Minihane

Joe Minihane is a journalist based in Brighton. He trained at the Cardiff Journalism School and went on to work for a variety of lifestyle magazines in London before striking out on his own in 2009. The author writes on a broad list of subjects for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, but this is his first book.