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The poignant, life-affirming, acclaimed story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and a record-breaking swim, now in paperback.

Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonizing hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father.

This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood.

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  • Paperback

    9780141988757

    June 6, 2019

    Particular Books

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241354124

    September 15, 2018

    Particular Books

    192 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • A Boy in the Water
    Tom Gregory

    EBook

    9780141988764

    August 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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