Having never swum in the sea before and being an amateur swimmer at best, at the age of 40 and suffering from three debilitating conditions, Rob Starr decided that he was going to swim the English Channel. The point of it was to raise money for the Edward Starr Charitable Trust, the charity he had set up in memory of his beloved father to help children smile. This is one of the toughest physical and mental challenges known to man. As well as the tides, the weather and the temperature of the Channel (around 12C in July), swimmers have to cope with this being the busiest shipping lane in the world. It is said that 80% of the challenge is mental ability and 20% physical. To date, three times more people have climbed Mount Everest than have successfully swum the English Channel. For Rob, the challenge was compounded by the fact that he was suffering from rheumatism, osteoporosis and Crohn’s disease, which stopped him putting on the weight he needed to survive the crossing. Would he ever be fit or fast enough to meet this massive challenge?
Frank, funny and inspirational, Rob’s diary account of what it really takes to swim the English Channel is a real eye-opener.
Jesse is drawn to the sea off Brighton Beach.
Having newly joined a local sea swimming club he has at last found a way to clear his head from the nightmares that have terrorised him since birth. But what Jesse doesn’t see, what lies beneath him as he swims around the Brighton Palace Pier each morning, is a mystery from the past that will once again come to the surface with deadly consequences.
Lilly Baker died in 1834 during a terrible storm that ravaged the old Brighton Chain Pier and sent it crashing into a raging sea. But Lilly’s need for revenge was too strong to die with her and has haunted the Brighton Sea Swimming Club for nearly two hundred years.
Lilly won’t rest until everyone pays the ultimate price for her loss. Jesse can’t rest until the terrible nightmares stop haunting him.