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Norman Whitney is a graduate of Leeds (BA, PhD), Manchester (DIP TEFL), and Ohio (MA) universities. After teaching English overseas, he lectured at Ealing College, London. He left in 1984 to begin a career in journal editing and text book writing with Oxford University Press. His course books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. The Water Babes is his first novel.
Every week many of us go to regular activity groups, swimming, singing and the like and happily spend an hour or so in pleasant conversation. But what is really going on in the lives of the people in the group? Do you know and, more importantly, do you care? Set mainly over the course of a day we follow one such group, normally brought together for aqua-aerobics, as they come together outside the pool to celebrate the impending departure of their instructor. Who would have thought a single evening would be so revealing! In turns amusing and sad, The Water Babes is an easy to read human story that is a snapshot of a contemporary Britain with all its cultural, religious and social complications.