I Found My Tribe

I Found My Tribe

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 28/06/2018
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Love like a present is the gift we share from him. I hold it fiercely. His magnificent heart.

Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other 'tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks.

'The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon.

Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, via diagnosis to their current precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for sea swimming - culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary.

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.
‘[One] of this year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs.’ - The Sunday Times

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784705466
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 159g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm

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I Found My Tribe
Raw, beautiful and honest
Ruth’s husband, Simon, has Motor Neurone Disease (MSD). It will only get worse. Mostly she can still see the man she loves by looking into his eyes, but so... READ MORE
Meg from Waterstones Swindon
I Found My Tribe
I found my tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice
I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice a searingly honest account of living with a husband with Motor Neurone Disease, as well as raising five children. To a... READ MORE
Christine Rennie