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Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of temporary escape from a failing marriage, a stifling religious environment, and a series of health problems. Over four years, her encounters with the sea and all its weathers, the friendships she made, and the wild creatures she encountered, combined to transform her life. This book is a love letter, to the beach where she swims regularly and its microcosmic world, to the ever-changing cold waters where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and to the seals, her constant companions.
About the Author
Victoria Whitworth is a historian and the author of Daughter of the Wolf.
"Attentive, astute and beautiful. I adored and shared the joys of swimming in the sea and of self knowledge, and I also learned much from this book. It expanded my mind and heart." —Amy Liptrot, author, The Outrun