Join us at Jersey’s iconic Art Deco pier and sea lido at Havre des Pas for an afternoon of swimming-inspired books.

Swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the country: 2.7 million people in the UK swim once a week. And Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn’t.

Believing that a life lived fully isn’t one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced at the fullest, she decided to conquer her fear of wild swimming. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming to Ithaca, Alexandra learned to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you’re in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

Candid, insightful, and empowering, Leap In will move you – to tears of laughter and to the water!

‘Soaringly beautiful book about swimming’ India Knight, Sunday Times

Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster and ghostwriter. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Running Like a Girl, which has now been published in thirteen countries.

Alexandra Heminsley will be joined by author of The Lido Libby Page in this swimming-themed event chaired by acclaimed writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.



Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage

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