Joe Minihane is a freelance travel journalist based in Brighton. Floating: A Life Regained, the story of his attempts to recreate Roger Deakin’s seminal Waterlog in a bid to conquer anxiety, is his debut memoir.
Joe spent two and a half years swimming in the rivers, lakes, lidos and bays of the UK in an attempt to soothe his troubled mind and find a way of taking the calm he felt in the water out into his day-to-day life.
The book takes in swims across the UK, from the Isles of Scilly to Jura via the Peak District and the Norfolk Broads, exploring Roger Deakin’s journey and looking at the state of nature and place in the UK twenty years after Waterlog’s publication.
It is a meditation on water, life, friendship and looking to nature in order to find a cure for mental health problems.
‘Joe Minihane has written a lovely, lively, passionate account of his pilgrimage in the footsteps (breast-strokes) of Roger Deakin, and about the power of literature to change lives. Generous, innocent and memorable, it is a celebration of nature’s ability to inspire healing and joy.” – Robert Macfarlane
‘A wonderful book: a love letter to wild swimming, a hate letter to anxiety and a story of how we can learn to live with ourselves’ – Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine