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A Boy in the Water (Hardback)

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'A fascinating story full of innocence, achievement, ambition and trust' Ellen MacArthur 'Extraordinary' Clare Balding The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel swim became reality 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.



BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportBiographyMemoirsSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSports training & coachingSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSwimming & diving Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 30/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9780241354124  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Tom Gregory grew up in Eltham, south-east London. He holds the record of being the youngest person to swim the English Channel, completing the crossing aged eleven in September 1988. (He still owns the Gold Blue Peter badge he received for the feat and the box tickets he was given to see Leyton Orient play at home.) Today, Tom Gregory lives in Surrey with his wife and two children. He takes his daughters swimming every weekend.

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Tomato soup and digestive biscuits - that's what Tom Gregory ate for energy as an eleven year old boy while he made his record-breaking swim across the English Channel in 1988. A Boy in the Water is a charming memoir that perfectly captures a period in time that will be so familiar to many. Not just about swimming and saltwater, this absorbing book is about family, sheer determination and the friendship between a young boy and his mentor, tempered with a certain degree of peril, it has to be said!

Gary, Buying Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 21/08/2018

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