Watermarks - Life Death and Swimming
Publisher: Allison & Busby
‘Freighted with memory, Watermarks is a treasure of lived experience’ Katharine Norbury, author of The Fish Ladder
Lenka Janiurek first encounters tragedy with the death of her mother when she is just nine. Involving a chaotic family, early success as a playwright, disastrous relationships, motherhood, and brushes with both extreme wealth and poverty, Janiurek’s rich and remarkable memoir is a search for a kind of freedom, found in the comforting solace of swimming.
Haunted by the despair, rage and addiction of men she has known best, she nevertheless explores and celebrates the beauty and pain of living life to the full. Watermarks is a stunning evocation of identity and alienation, and the restorative power of the natural world.
‘An amazing piece of work’ Kate Saunders
‘A spirited, readable memoir of a disrupted childhood leading to a disrupted adulthood, told with humour, love, intelligence and an invigorating sense of the ubiquity of storms, night skies and the attractions of Mr Wrong’ Ruth Pavey, author of A Wood of One's Own