I was born in 1974 in Rutland, England's smallest county, where the motto is 'multum in parvo' ('much from little'). I have survived - just about - a few jobs over the years and been a school teacher for the last 15. In the RAF, I ironed shirts for the Queen and, prior to that, spent 7 months eating ice cream in New Zealand. While studying for my degree, and beyond, I also worked for a sports distribution company in Folkestone. My first job was at the Hythe Imperial Hotel, where my colleagues threw knives at me and one of the chefs called me 'Honey'. After that, I worked on the deli counter at Tesco, chopping cheese and serving samosas. These days, I dream of connecting with others through my writing. When I can, I like to spend time moving about outside - I love the water and am a keen swimmer. I live on Kent's south coast with one wife, 3 kids, 2 cats, a dozen goldfish and a tank of rapidly reproducing stick insects.
Commodities come and commodities go. These days, we can be guilty of consuming without question, of abusing possessions and disposing of them without a second thought. If we knew the full story, might we stop and think every once in a while?
Lou has reached an age of reflection and wants to swim to France. Or does he? Is his behaviour down to ambition, a sense of duty, escapism, or sheer desperation? Should he not be content with his lot? Has he got what it takes? This training diary documents the journeys and friendships that meet their inevitable test at the hands of nature. Sales of this book support the cancer charity Fish Aid.