Pan Macmillan has acquired a memoir by endurance swimmer Diana Nyad.
In the 1970s, Nyad set a number of world records in endurance swimming, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5m between the Bahamas and Florida.
But one record continually eluded her: becoming the first woman to swim between Cuba and the Florida Keys without a shark cage.
After four failed attempts, she finally succeeded in September 2013, at the age of 64.
Nyad completed the crossing after two days and two nights of continuous swimming—53 consecutive hours covering 110m.
Find a Way is a “dramatic, page turning account of the epic endurance quest that led to that moment, and is also a galvanising call to live life boldly, in the moment—fearlessly, passionately, with no regrets”.
The book will capture the hurdles Nyad had to overcome, “including molestation by her father and even more damaging sexual abuse at the hands of her trusted high school coach” as well as how “her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida was rekindled by her mother’s death - by the looming, suddenly inescapable fact of her own mortality”.
Pan Macmillan’s non-fiction publisher Robin Harvie bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Find a Way from Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein on behalf of the Amy Rennert Literary Agency.