Swimming With Seals by Victoria Whitworth. Published by Head of Zeus

This is not a happy-go-lucky travelogue, it’s a story of reckoning, reconciliation with self and an appreciation with the natural world. With her marriage failing, due to many factors, but mainly different views about religion (his cast in stone, her more relaxed), Whitworth begins swimming in the cold waters of Orkney. And she swims in every season, the bitter winds of winter are no deterrent. What starts out as a way to work off pent-up frustrations becomes an appreciation and reverence for the natural world, above all her lovely and precious seals, who seem at times almost human in their curiosity of this human who has entered their domain. A treatise  on marriage, failing, recovering and above all, a declaration of love for one of the wildest places on earth, this book will resound with anyone who’s ever needed a do over

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