Wild Woman Swimming

Wild Woman Swimming - Wainwright Prize


‘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, author of Swell: A Waterbiography


The Selkie Press was founded in 2018 to publish Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters – a book which has now gone on to become a longlisted book in the prestigious Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019, alongside some of the most established names in the nature writing genre.

Wainwright Prize 2019

Set on Dartmoor and the Devon coasts, the book records the adventures of visionary wild swimmer and west country 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).

Recommended by the Outdoor Swimming Society, this book has an extraordinary backstory, representing a promise made by Selkie Press founder Tanya Shadrick – a stranger to Lynne – at a single meeting in the month before her death. Tanya, a former hospice scribe and writer of the outside, 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 already attracted sold-out audiences at the Kendal Mountain Festival, Dartington and Faversham Literary Festival. It is a book that inspires those who encounter it to seek for themselves the wild and free: a book for wild swimmers and nature lovers alike.

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Wild Woman Launch