In an exquisite and moving account, Tim Jeal explores the life of his eccentric father.
Swimming with My Father is a tender portrait of childhood, of growing up, and of a father who was a uniquely English eccentric. From his own embarrassing schoolboy meeting with the elderly T S Eliot to his father's strange religious beliefs, and from his father's childlike wonder at the beauties of the natural world to his later struggle with Parkinson's, it is a lovingly composed and wholly honest exploration of the past.
Tim Jeal, an acclaimed novelist and biographer, is the author of Livingstone, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, and Baden Powell, described in the Literary Review as 'one of the most important biographies of recent years'. A former winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, he is currently writing a life of Henry Morton Stanley.