The Tidal Year

The Tidal Year: shortlisted for the Nero Book Awards 2023

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 04/05/2023
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'Immersive and compelling. I read it in a single day! Everyone should take a plunge into this book.' CATHY RENTZENBRINK'The Tidal Year is some of the best writing on wild swimming that I have encountered.' MARIANNE LEVYFreya is still searching. For four years, she's been looking for a way to fill the empty space her brother's death left behind. Ready for another distraction, Freya decides to swim every tidal pool in Britain in a year with her friend Miri. The adventure takes them from a pool hidden in the cliffs of fishing-village Polperro to the quarry lagoon of Abereiddi via the Trinkie where locals meet each year to give the pool wall a fresh lick of paint. As Freya travels further from London, she finds herself closer to memories of her brother. With every swim, and every stranger they meet in the water, the challenge becomes more than just a way to explore the coast, but a journey of self-discovery.The Tidal Year is a true story about the healing power of wild swimming and the space it creates for reflection, rewilding, and hope. An exploration of grief in the modern age, it's also a tale of loss, love, female rage and sisterhood.'Funny, sad and honest, but ultimately also hopeful, The Tidal Year is a wonderful and welcome addition to the growing canon of books exploring the restorative power of wild swimming.' SOPHIE PIERCE

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781399709675
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 560g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 48 mm

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The Tidal Year
A beautifully written account of grief and wild swimming
Freya takes you on a journey around the tidal pools of the UK whilst navigating her own experiences of love, loss, friendship and family. With moments that... READ MORE
James Woodward
The Tidal Year
Touching, honest and a heartfelt read
Freya writes beautifully and paints an honest picture of a young woman’s journey in experiencing grief and navigating life. Her voice is fresh and genuine ... READ MORE
Shola Jones
The Tidal Year
Wonderfully moving
Such a wonderful book that manages to be devastatingly sad, touchingly sweet and very funny - often all on the same page. I love Freya’s fresh and honest w... READ MORE
Jessica Hanak-Hammerl
The Tidal Year
A touching and warm read
A beautiful and touching novel about grief in the modern age. This book really spoke to me, I felt like so many of my experiences of loss were artfully cap... READ MORE
Rebecca Whittaker
The Tidal Year
moving, intimate and wonderfully gossipy
i read this book compulsively over a single weekend. highly recommend.
nina kelly
The Tidal Year
This elegaic reflection on grief helped me come to terms with loss in my own life.
Ahmed Kabil
The Tidal Year
Funny, wise and honest.
Thoroughly enjoyable journey of friendship and love.
Joanna Halstead
The Tidal Year
Heartbreaking and funny
This memoir is a stunning exploration of the themes of loss, love, and nature. With a touch of humour, Freya skilfully weaves together a beautiful and hear... READ MORE
Jem Talbot
The Tidal Year
Stunning debut
This is the best debut book I have read! I was drawn to buy The Tidal Year because of my passion for wild swimming and touring the wild parts of the UK and... READ MORE
David Beacons
The Tidal Year
Finding solace in nature
Through her journey across Britain's tidal pools, Freya takes us on her journey of grief in all its twists and turns. The Tidal Year is beautifully and lyr... READ MORE
Lucy Fulford
The Tidal Year
Honest, funny and heartfelt story of grief and the power of wild swimming
This is an honest and heartfelt story of grief, losing a sibling and the power of wild swimming, friends and family wrapped into one. This book was so pe... READ MORE
Emma Faye
The Tidal Year
A moving exploration of love and loss.
A beautifully written exploration of the tidal pools of the UK and a year in a young woman's life. Moving, amusing and mesmerising in its exploration of l... READ MORE
Sarah Sharma
The Tidal Year
A wonderfully moving read
This is a moving story that explores grief and the healing power of wild swimming. I highly recommend reading it. Freya brings the reader in and has writte... READ MORE
Pete Gadsden