From Film Movement, this moving story is about a Kurdish refugee trying to reach England, where his girlfriend lives. Apprehended in Calais, he meets former swimming champion Simon, who begins training Bilal, unaware at first that Bilal intends to swim the channel.
Materialism and self-deception never saw finer form (literally) than in the figure of Burt Lancaster in this 1968 film. Although not available for streaming through the library, it is on Amazon and other platforms.
Laurel's picture perfect suburban life is upended when her daughter's best friend is found drowned in their pool. Revelations about her guarded past, her marriage, and the girl in the pool will change Laurel's life.
In this sci-fi novel, water-breathing descendants of African slave women who were thrown overboard have built their own underwater society. Their traumatic past is forgotten by everyone except the historian, Yetu. Her memories, terrible and miraculous, are destroying her, so she flees to the surface to try to reclaim her people's identity.
In this combination of memoir, adventure, history, science, and love letter to swimming, Tsui explores the human connection to water the world over. Described by critics as beautifully written, the book itself is an immersive experience that is not just for swimmers.
When long distance swimmer Lynne Cox was 17, she was just completing her open water work-out when she was approached by an 18-foot long baby gray whale. Cox stayed in the 55 degree water, exhausted and freezing, determined to help the whale find its mother and keep it from becoming stranded by shore. Not available as an eBook, but I had to include this incredible true story. Also by Cox, Swimming to Antarctica, which puts swimming in a whole other category.
I'll be honest. Like most novels set at the beach, I don't think there's much actual swimming in this one. The protagonist's passion is saving sea turtles, though, so at least you'll get to read about the turtles swimming.
This is the true story of Australian Tony Fingleton, who became a champion swimmer in order to gain his father's notice and respect. Jesse Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, and Judy Davis star. Available for streaming on Netflix.
Bear with the narrative style of this short novel and you will be greatly rewarded. A literary psychological thriller, the reader knows the identity of the serial killer preying on the children at swim practice, as their parents sit in the bleachers concerned about other things. This book has one of the most intense climaxes I've ever read.