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Floating

Floating
A Return to Waterlog
Joe Minihane
Price: £
9.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
5 Apr 2018
ISBN: 
9780715652701
Pages: 
240
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
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'Lovely, lively, passionate... a celebration of nature's ability to inspire healing and joy' Robert MacFarlane.

In the breast strokes of Roger Deakin's Waterlog, this is the story of one man's journey swimming in Britain's waters while coming to terms with something more challenging than the choppy waters of the English Channel. 

Joe Minihane became obsessed with wild swimming and its restorative power, developing a new-found passion by following the example of naturalist Roger Deakin in his own swimming memoir. While fighting the currents, sometimes treading water, Minihane confronts the buried issues in his life. Both strange and beautiful, the water puts him in touch with nature and himself. Floating is a remarkable memoir about a love of swimming and a deep appreciation for the British countryside. It captures in memorable detail Minihane’s struggle to understand himself, to move forward and celebrate the joy of taking time out for oneself. From Hampstead to Yorkshire, Dorset to Jura, the Isles of Scilly to Wales, Minihane has written a love letter to wild stretches of water. We swim with him through ponds, lakes, rivers and the ice-cold sea coming out of the water refreshed and ready to enjoy life.

Reviews

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

‘Minihane writes with refreshing candour… a transformative emotional journey’ Observer

‘Minihane writes cleanly and with honesty, and never misses a factual or stylistic stroke’ TLS

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

'Roger Deakin’s Waterlog journey, rebooted for the 21st century, Floating is a delicious slice of nature writing with a truly human heart' Alex Heminsley, author of Leap In 

‘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

‘A gentle, warm and life-affirming journey, celebrating the therapeutic joy found in swimming outdoors’  The Idler

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

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

‘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 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

'Minihane finds in swimming a rare moment of being free from anxiety and learns that it can be integral in overcoming depression' Wanderlust

‘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 

'Genuine and refreshing' Kirkus Reviews

‘Takes Deakin’s adventures a step further, by exploring the power wild swimming offers in the battle with his own anxiety problems’ Hackney Citizen

‘With the aid of re-kindled friendships, helpful taxi drivers and sheer determination Joe painstakingly sets out to re-trace all of [Deakin]’s swims conquering his fears of toe nibbling pikes, swan attacks and hungry eels’ Brockwell Swimmers Association

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: 
6 Apr 2017
ISBN: 
9780715651803
Pages: 
240
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
Available from:

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.

Read an extract here

Reviews

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

‘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

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

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

‘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

‘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

'Minihane finds in swimming a rare moment of being free from anxiety and learns that it can be integral in overcoming depression' Wanderlust

‘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 

'Genuine and refreshing' Kirkus Reviews

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.