Virago to publish a 'swimming memoir' by Jessica Lee

Virago to publish a 'swimming memoir' by Jessica Lee

Virago is publishing a '"nature memoir'" by Jessica Lee, a woman who swam in 52 lakes in and around Berlin in a quest to better understand herself.

Turning is Lee's story about what it is to be a Canadian woman, born to a British father and a Chinese mother, living in Berlin, harnessing "the love, the fear, the challenge, the intensity of swimming in lakes" as her memoir's focus.

David Godwin sold UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Lennie Goodings at Virago and to Berlin Verlag.

Goodings said: "I love the intensity and the stillness of this proposal. Finding a place in a landscape is something we all search for; using the particular metaphor of swimming seems to me a highly imaginative way to look at this search. As a swimmer myself, I fell in love with this idea almost immediately."
 
Lee currently lives in Berlin. She has worked in primary schools, universities, coffee shops and on newspapers. Her core passion, however, is the environment, especially researching, exploring, and writing about the places that matter to her. She is in the final stages of a PhD on the environmental and cultural history of Hampstead Heath.
 
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