Welcome to Our Books section. Our library collection of reviews, reports and reflections on some of the best volumes on the subject of competitive swimming and related themes starts here. We started our section with Buoyant, by Wella Hartig, Aaron Peirsol’s mum, and Laura Cottam Sajbel, and followed up with news of Gemma Spofforth’s Dealing With It. Watch for news of more titles and reviews in the coming weeks.
July 30, 2016 -
Making Waves is the SwimVortex book of the year, not only because it is a good and painful and difficult and informative read but because it delivers the twin track to the doping court cases, the Stasi files, the victims in court and the criminal convictions in Germany. Both sides of a losing coin. Toss is up and pray for Rio. In the context of 1976 and in the context of 2016, this book is powerfully significant. I commend Making Waves to you. Read it and weep.
February 19, 2016 -
Golden Rules review, part 3: “Have I gone soft? Maybe a little,” says Bob Bowman, before making the point that he’s “gotten smarter”. As Allison Schmitt outs it a decade into working with the coach and mentor: “He’s not as loud as he was, and because of that I think he’s better. He’s mellowed, but in a good way.”
February 17, 2016 -
In Part 2 of our review on The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman, with Charles Butler, we consider the mentor, coach and leader’s take on adversity, failure and how to convert both to fuel
February 15, 2016 -
Dust down a shelf, make room for a pride-of-place gem heading to the book store and tablet this May: The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman. Yes, the foreword is written by the biggest ticket he help punch: Michael Phelps. Yes, it is well-written, the co-author Charles Butler, entertaining and instructive all at once. And you can get your hands on the works from May 17. NB: don’t think ‘swimming book’. This is a book for all and for all seasons
November 30, 2015 -
Author of The Pal Effect, Rod Gilmour, explains how he came to work with Pal Joensen, the Faroes 1500m ace who will be in action this week at the European Short-Course Championships in Netanya, Israel, this week – and then write the book of a journey that led to Pal’s Pool, a 50m facility, being build in the Island between Olympic seasons London 2012 and Rio 2016
March 13, 2014 -
“Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Unbelievable! I’ve never been so happy in my life! It’s like I died and went to heaven. Whatever happens in my life now, it’s plain sailing. This is unbelievable – look at him! He’s beautiful … xxxx … what a beautiful boy!” That’s how Bert Le Clos celebrated the moment of his son Chad’s victory over American greatest of great Olympians Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly at London 2012. Chad and Myan Subrayan have called their book … Unbelievable – and its out in April
July 26, 2013 -
Sunday will mark the start of pool swimming at the 15th FINA World Championships and the 4th anniversary of Gemma Spofforth’s 58.12 world-record victory in the world-title 100m backstroke final at the Foro Italico in Rome. A good moment to launch “Dealing With It”, Gemma’s story of six years of mourning, medals and men, a time of deep sorrow and elation on a roller-coaster of emotions following the death of her mother Lesley from cancer