‘Beautiful, ballsy, invigorating. Brave & daring. Anyone who thinks Roger Deakin was wild will need to recalibrate’ Kate Rew, Outdoor Swimming Society
‘Vital, poignant, glorious.’ Coast
‘This is a tangible book. It’s as alive as weather…There are stories in here that have the pacing of a good thriller…Of course you know she survives this one but the adrenalin!’ Jenny Landreth, Caught by the River
The Selkie Press was founded in 2018 to publish Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters by Lynne Roper.
Set on Dartmoor and the Devon coasts, the book records the adventures of visionary wild swimmer and west country NHS paramedic, the late Lynne Roper. For five years, between surviving breast cancer and dying of a brain tumour in 2016, Lynne took daily swims in tors, ponds, rivers and reservoirs (sometimes in boisterous company; often alone, in quiet communion with nature).
Longlisted for the prestigious Wainwright Prize for UK nature and travel writing, and recommended by the Outdoor Swimming Society, the book has an extraordinary backstory. Selkie Press founder Tanya Shadrick met Lynne Roper only once in the month before her death: a former hospice scribe and writer of the outside, Tanya recognised the power of her fellow west country woman’s writing about the natural world (and the close-knit communities that form when people gather together in our countryside) and committed to editing her work. This book, an Amazon top twenty swimming title, is the result.
Lynne’s words and the story behind the book’s publication have attracted sold-out audiences at Kendal Mountain Festival and Faversham Literary Festival, with more events due in 2019. It is a book that inspires those who encounter it to seek for themselves the wild and free: a book for wild swimmers, walkers and nature lovers alike.