Why We Swim

Why We Swim


'A jewel of a book, a paean to the wonders of water and our place within it' James Nestor, bestselling of author of Breath

'Glorious' The New York Times

Take a dive into the deep and discover what it is about water that seduces us, heals us and brings us together.

Join writer and swimmer Bonnie Tsui as she explores the unique skill of swimming from the five angles of survival, wellbeing, community, competition and flow. Propelled by stories of polar swim champions, a Baghdad swim club, Olympian athletes and modern-day samurai swimmers, Why We Swim takes us around the globe in a remarkable, all-encompassing account of the world of swimming. This is a joyous meditation on our innate connection to water and a true celebration of the wonders of swimming.


  • A beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story. I was enchanted.
    Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Bonnie Tsui

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