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Find a Way One Untamed and Courageous Life by Diana Nyad
  

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016.

In the 1970s, Diana Nyad was widely regarded as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world and set many world records, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles 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. Finally, in September 2013, after four failed attempts and at the age of sixty-four, Diana completed the crossing after two days and two nights of continuous swimming - 53 consecutive hours, 110 miles. Millions of people watched her and cried and cheered and were dazzled and amazed by her tenacity and courage. This memoir is a dramatic, page-turning account of the epic endurance quest that led to that moment, and is also a galvanizing call to live life boldly, in-the-moment, fearlessly, passionately, with no regrets.

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Synopsis

Find a Way One Untamed and Courageous Life by Diana Nyad

What makes this book special is that it not only recounts an astonishing and hard won triumph, though it does tell the story of an extraordinary and improbable victory. What makes this book, and Nyad herself, so incredible is the fact of her monumental courage in the face of failure. Nyad failed, and failed, and failed, and failed, but never gave up, and this memoir shows her unwavering belief in the face of overwhelming odds. It is about perseverance, tenacity and commitment on an epic scale.

Reviews

Diana Nyad is a force of personality that anyone who meets her never forgets. This drive and dynamism is well captured in the title of her moving memoir Find a Way. She has - and her book shows us how we all can -- Michael Shermer Wall Street Journal

'What makes Nyad's story so remarkable, beyond the harrowing trials she faced at sea - unpredictable currents and weather, deadly sea animals - is the strength of a resolve that would not admit defeat and knew no boundaries. Whatever your Other Shore is, she writes, whatever you must do ... you will find a way. Inspiring reading for anyone who has ever dared to dream the impossible' Kirkus

'Her story reads like a gripping thriller: She braved storms, stinging jellyfish, sharks and hallucinations before staggering onto the beach on September 2, 2013.' People Magazine

'When you're facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison.' Hillary Clinton

About the Author

Back in the 1970s, Diana Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. After setting a world record circling Manhattan, Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC's Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and the New York Times. Nyad owns a fitness business, BravaBody.com.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th July 2016

Author

Diana Nyad

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
Swimming & diving
Extreme sports
Sports psychology

ISBN

9781509813094

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