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SAND ON YOUR PILLOW AND THE CHANNEL IN YOUR HEART

Ella Foote meets author Gillian Best for a swim and to talk about her new book, The Last Wave

GETTING ALONG SWIMMINGLY

“…but that was not the sea that had got into my bones. That was a picture postcard. What I knew was big and in constant motion, changing as and when its mood dictated. It was cold and wet and strong, a part of the world in a way that I was not, tucked up inside my one up one down house…”

Acollection of pebbles, The White Horse pub, Shakespeare Beach and the numbingly cold sea are all ingredients of Gillian Best’s debut novel – The Last Wave. These ingredients will be more familiar to some swimmers than others, but mixed together with a blend of strong characters, challenging relationships, crumbling health themes and stubborn courage, they make this book an accessible and enjoyable read about one woman’s life goal to swim the English Channel.

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Swimming challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the pages of this issue we hear from swimmers from around the world who have pushed their boundaries to achieve remarkable things. From recovering alcoholic Paul Parrish’s inspiring English Channel swim to the Muslim Swim Sisters competing in their first open water race, outdoor swimmers make up a broad and accepting community. Whether you are training for a marathon swim or for your first one-mile event – or if you just love the freedom of swimming outdoors – this issue has inspiring stories, training advice and wild swimming recommendations for all kinds of swimmers. Are you feeling lucky? If you find a Golden Ticket inserted in this magazine you are the winner of a changing robe from dryrobe worth £129.99. Good luck! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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