Inspired by her passion for the Orkney islands and its people, The Island Swimmer is the captivating debut novel about the importance of being true to yourself from broadcaster Lorraine Kelly CBE. Waterstones Sauchiehall Street is proud to welcome Lorraine home as she discusses this exciting new novel in store.
The Island Swimmer
'As the plane began its descent, the sun broke through and the islands of Orkney stretched out below, glinting like fat mermaids covered in emeralds. The sea had turned turquoise and lapped onto bone-white beaches merging into impossibly vivid green fields. Evie had forgotten just how beautiful it was here. There was nowhere like it in the world. That's why it was so hard to stay away for so long. Evie knew old wounds would be opened, but she couldn't run away from her past anymore.'
In Orkney, Evie arrives on the spring tide to the wild landscape she left as a teenager, the one to which she swore she'd never return. She is estranged from her sister Liv, who remained on the island, their lives scattered after a childhood trauma. As she clears out her father's home to prepare it for sale, isolated Evie finds herself drawn to a group of cold-water swimmers who find calmness beneath the icy waves, despite the stormy weather. Together they help Evie face the mistakes of her past, unlocking a treasure trove of truths that will reverberate throughout the tight-knit community and shake her family to its core.
Lorraine Kelly CBE is a Scottish television presenter, theatrical artist and journalist. She has presented various television shows for ITV in a hugely popular and successful career going back to the mid-eighties . Lorraine was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to charity and was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.
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