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A boy in the water

A boy in the water

Gregory, Tom, 1976- author

Eltham, South London, 1984. The warm fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonising hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father. This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood

Paperback, Book. English.
Published UK: Penguin Books, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Tom Gregory
ISBN: 0141988754, 9780141988757
Note: Originally published: London: Particular Books, 2018.
Physical Description: 179 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Swimming coaches Great Britain.; Bullet, John.; Long distance swimming English Channel.; Swimmers Great Britain Biography.; Gregory, Tom, 1976-; Biography.
Award: William Hill 2018 Sports Books of the Year Award