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  • Published: 30 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141988788
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $18.99

A Boy in the Water




The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel swim became reality

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Boy in the Water written and read by Tom Gregory.

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.

'Written beautifully through the eyes of a child yet to enter his teens, 'A Boy in the Water' resonated strongly taking me back to my own childhood. A fascinating story full of innocence, achievement, ambition and trust.' Ellen MacArthur

"I am absolutely in awe; a mindblowing and phenomenal feat. A Boy in the Water will challenge ideas of what is possible". Chrissie Wellington OBE

Charming and different; a lovely, brilliant memoir. What a boy! What a feat! - Victoria Derbyshire

  • Published: 30 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141988788
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $18.99

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