The freedom of her spirit, her writing…wonderful.’ Kate Rew
Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters by Lynne Roper (September 2018) is the first publication from The Selkie Press.
Recommended by The Outdoor Swimming Society, the book has an extraordinary backstory. Shortly before her death – on just a single meeting – the visionary wild swimmer Lynne Roper entrusted her diaries to writer Tanya Shadrick for posthumous print publication.
A Devon paramedic, Lynne Roper began swimming outdoors in 2011 while recovering from a double mastectomy. Warm, funny and fearless, she was soon at the heart of The Outdoor Swimming Society, inspiring others to swim wild, ‘read water’ and take educated risks as she did.
For five years, until a brain tumour made swimming and writing impossibly hard, Lynne recorded her adventures in over sixty wild waters. Bel Pool, Mel Tor, Sharrah, Spitchwick, Horseshoe Falls, Fingle Bridge, Bugle Hole, Burgh Island: Like a swimmer’s version of the Shipping Forecast, Lynne tracked through the seasons places few know and less brave — freezing pools in hollowed-out Dartmoor tors, sea caves stuck about with Dead Men’s Fingers, rivers in full spate where bouyancy is lost suddenly in froth and bubbles.
By turns lyrical and adrenalin-fuelled, solitary and communal, her diaries are a celebration of Dartmoor, the Devon coast and the close-knit communities that grow from shared endeavour.
This is a book for outdoor swimmers, nature lovers and all who prize the wild and free.
Buy your copy of Wild Woman Swimming here for £8.99 (+ 1.50 P&P) or order from any online bookseller or your local bookstore
Read the Editor’s Afterword to discover the extraordinary story behind Wild Woman Swimming.
Edited by Tanya Shadrick with a preface by Jenny Landreth (author of Swell: A Waterbiography), an introduction by Sophie Pierce (Wild Swimming Walks Dartmoor and South Devon) and a tribute by Kate Rew to Lynne Roper’s contribution to The Outdoor Swimming Society.