Reviews

  • Written beautifully through the eyes of a child yet to enter his teens, 'A Boy in the Water' resonated strongly taking me back to my own childhood. A fascinating story full of innocence, achievement, ambition and trust.

    Ellen MacArthur, world record-breaker for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe
  • His immersive, colourful writing takes the reader through a challenge that even the most experienced adult long-distance swimmers would balk at. The story keeps you gripped from the start, all the way to an unexpected and heart breaking twist towards the end.

    Daily Express
  • Beautifully written . . . often heart-wrenching.

    Jane Shilling, The Daily Mail
  • I am absolutely in awe; a mind-blowing and phenomenal feat. A Boy in the Water will change ideas of what is possible

    Chrissie Wellington, former professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion
  • A compelling story of dedication and commitment. It'll make a great movie, but you should read the book first.

    sportsbookofthemonth.com
  • A Boy in the Water is a truly wonderful read of resilience, determination and courage. Whether you are interested in what it takes to be a Channel swimmer, or love a sport memoir, or simply like stories of our different experiences in the water, this book will win your heart.

    Lexi Earl, The Outdoor Swimming Society
  • A compelling account that serves above all as tribute to John Bullet, [Tom Gregory's] charismatic coach.

    Nick Pitt, 'Best sports books of 2018', The Times
  • This evocative memoir recounts an agonising, hallucination-filled swim across the English Channel in 1988, when Gregory was just 11 years old.

    The Telegraph, '50 books that blew us away'
  • The gruelling, awe-inspiring feat is recounted with poignancy and affection here, and this becomes a thrilling and moving tribute to the joys and perils of open-water swimming, too. Gregory's devotion to his incredibly tough challenge is remarkable

    Charlotte Runcie, Radio Choice
  • Charming and different; a lovely, brilliant memoir. What a boy! What a feat!

    Victoria Derbyshire