Swimming with Seals

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Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of temporary escape from a failing marriage, a stifling religious environment and a series of health problems. Over four years, her encounters with the sea and all its weathers, the friendships she made, the wild creatures she encountered, combined to transform her life. This book is a love letter, to the beach where she swims regularly and its microcosmic world, to the ever-changing cold waters where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and to the seals, her constant companions.


'Attentive, astute and beautiful ... I adored it' Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun.

‘Wonderfully evocative…fascinating…The writing is consistently alert and engaging.’ The Scotsman

'I finished this book wanting to find a cold lido, or jump into a lake, or walk into the cold sea and stay there for as long as I could stand it, and then do it again' Guardian.

'Each little "dreamlike postcard" in this captivating book takes you deeper into the world novelist Victoria Whitworth experienced as a sea-swimmer in the wild waters of Orkney' Sainsbury's Magazine.

'The author's descriptions of the coastline in Orkney and the savannah in Kenya, where she spent some of her childhood, are sharp and original ... enjoy wallowing in the richness of her theological, philosophical and literary knowledge' The National.

'Intelligent, wide-reaching memoir ... somehow refreshing, and calming, even in its introspection' The Bookseller.

‘There’s no shortage of books about wild swimming… Perhaps the most intriguing of the lot is Swimming With Seals.’ Scotland on Sunday


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