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Floating: A Life Regained

Joe Minihane

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1492-2
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
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The thrillingly triumphant memoir of one man’s self-discovery and mastery of anxiety through wild swimming

Journalist Joe Minihane became obsessed with wild swimming and its restorative qualities, and developed his new-found passion by following the example of naturalist Roger Deakin in his classic Waterlog. While putting one arm over the other, sometimes resting on his back, Minihane begins to confront the often 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 be able to continue his recovery on dry land. The activity that he describes is both strange and beautiful, as the wild water puts him in touch with nature and himself.

Floating is a remarkable memoir about, on the surface, 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 and move forward and, steeped in the anti-authoritarian and naturalistic spirit of Roger Deakin, celebrates the joy of taking time out to feel better.

From Hampstead to Yorkshire, from Dorset to Jura, from the Isles of Scilly to Wales— with this book, Joe Minihane has written what is often a love letter to different wild stretches of water. We swim with him through ponds and lakes, rivers and canals, lodes and marshes, even the ice-cold sea. With him, we too finally come out of the water and dry ourselves off.

“Lovely, lively, passionate . . . A celebration of nature’s ability to inspire healing and joy.”
—Robert MacFarlane, author of Landmarks

“Detailed and searching, the book chronicles one man’s search for inner peace while reaffirming the calming power of the natural world. A genuine and refreshing nature memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Joe Minihane’s bold personal journey—as the compelling ‘Now’ of the water helps dilute his history of anxiety—will inspire everyone, even non swimmers. Dive in. Change your life. Start here.”
—Lynn Sherr, award-winning print and broadcast journalist and author of Swim: Why We Love the Water

“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 . . . warm, reflective and honest.”
—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; founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society

Floating is 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 is a journalist and copywriter focusing on travel and adventure pieces. He has written extensively for a wide variety of outlets including Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, The Independent, and World Travel Guide. Floating is his debut memoir.

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