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LEAP IN

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Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim by Alexandra Heminsley is published by Hutchinson (£12.99).

Reviews[edit]

  • 'Remarkable' Observer
  • 'A joy to read' Daily Telegraph
  • 'Soaringly beautiful' Sunday Times Magazine
  • 'Genuine and persuasive' Guardian

Summary[edit]

Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn’t.

Believing that a life lived fully isn’t one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced the most fully, she decided to conquer her fear of the water.

From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming from Kefalonia to Ithaca, in becoming a swimmer, Alexandra learns to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you're in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

Ordering[edit]

To order a copy for £10.65 go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99

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