Swell A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth
It’s that time of the month again to switch to the Seabird’s Book Club read. Not a hard ask as the nights have drawn in and the sea temperatures have dropped, to curl up under a blanket with a good book. And that’s just what I did.
It’s hard to believe that once women were not able to strip off and plunge into a pool or submerge into the sea. We have come such a long way in the last 100 years. Some would argue not still not far enough but it is still a long way from our fore-mothers. Brighton’s beaches are full to over flowing with modern day Martha Gunns. Most of the Seabird swimming community is female. This would not have been possible without the swimming suffragettes contained within this book. Once these women fought for access to swim. Hard to believe when I consider open water swimming to be the most inclusive activity I have ever participated in.
It has been penned by the author as part social history and part memoir. Even if you don’t like swimming you will love this book. It’s a joyful and uplifting read. And I thank every last one of the female swimming pioneers for giving me the opportunity to do something I love without giving it a second thought.
Guardian review: The history of fabulous swimming suffragettes, women who smashed prejudice and enable us all to swim freely today’
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