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Secrets of a River Swimmer As Freddy gazes at the majestic river gushing past him in the depths of a Scottish winter, he's ready to jump in and end his life. But what happens next is not what Freddy expects. From the moment he enters the river, Freddy starts a journey which is more beautiful, funny, and mysterious than he could have imagined. And through this journey Freddy's story becomes interweaved with a cast of unforgettable characters who are equally lost and in search of answers. Eventually they all unite in their quest for an answer to the biggest question of them all: will the river take them where they want to go?
by S.S. Turner
In the tradition of inspirational works of fiction like The Alchemist and Life of Pi, Secrets of a River Swimmer is at once a profound exploration into living with meaning and an affecting story of people on the cusp of change.
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From Page 7
I dip my toe in.
It’s fucking freezing.
I sit and watch the majestically sinister Scottish river hurtle along below me. I’m not sure whether to be in awe or terrified, but that was always going to be the case today, my last day. The idea of jumping into the river reminds me of the feeling you experience when you arrive at the beach, and you’re thinking about jumping into the sea, but you know it’s going to cause you grievous bodily harm from your nether regions up. For some reason, your legs are the one part of your body which can handle intense cold without too much stress. But all body parts above your legs are a whole different story. My voice just rose an octave, and I’m not even talking.
So you sit and watch the sea while contemplating your next move, as if this thinking time will give you the required mental strength to leap into the cold blue water. However, this thinking time just gives the water an opportunity to look you in the eye with laughing menace, because the water knows the questions you are grappling with deep in your soul. The water understands it is strong and you are weak—the eternal power imbalance at play.
The waiting period only makes it worse, of course. All it does is allow you to hand more mental power over to the cold water than a short and simple jumping-in maneuver would have done. Why do we employ such counter-productive strategies in our lives?
Here's a wonderful interview with the author!What is something you’ve lied about?
I’m generally a truthful person so this one is hard! One thing I do white lie about is the real reason I decline social invitations. I was invited to a party recently and rather than saying “I’m just not that into you” to the host (which was the cold hard truth) I explained that I had alternative plans that day and would sadly miss the party. Aren’t we funny the way we avoid telling the truth when everyone knows the real subtext to what we’re saying anyway? We hide behind words to make ourselves feel better about the situation.
Who is the last person you hugged?
I just hugged my six-year old daughter Rosie when I dropped her off at school. I need to make the most of hugs with her as it will soon be uncool for her to hug her dad in public.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley. It’s a murder mystery set on an island off the Irish coast. It’s solid idea for a novel, but I’m not feeling connected to the story because of the many different narrators. The moment I feel connected with one of the character’s stories, the story shifts across to another character. My brain is too simple to enjoy this multiple narrator style.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
This is a hard but fun process! I tend to do a brain dump of all my best ideas and I then I run the list by Lou Aronica, my publisher. Lou is great at identifying the right title from a list of options and I trust his feedback. So it’s a team effort.
Share your dream cast for your book.
Freddy (main character and narrator): Jack Reynor
Willard: Jack Whitehall
Daphne: Keira Knightley
Alice: Julie Walters
Truin: Michael Sheen
S.S. Turner has been an avid reader, writer, and explorer of the natural world throughout his life which has been spent in England, Scotland and Australia. Just like Freddy in his first novel, Secrets of a River Swimmer, he worked in the global fund management sector for many years but realized it didn't align with his values. In recent years, he's been focused on inspiring positive change through his writing as well as trying not to laugh in unfortunate situations. He now lives in Australia with his wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and ten chickens.