AFTER ALMOST A YEAR of keeping shtum, we're delighted to be able to tell you that our book ‘Swim Wild’ by Little Brother Jack, with contributions and illustrations from older brothers Calum and Robbie Hudson, is officially available to PRE-ORDER on Amazon.
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Swim Wild is a book about our wild swimming adventures together, from travelling into the Arctic Circle to swim across the two most powerful maelstroms in the world (Saltstraumen and Moskstraumen) to spending nine days swimming the length of our childhood river, the Eden, in Cumbria. We hope that this book encourages you to go on your own adventures, to get back in touch with the natural world and to live more creatively.
One thing we’ve learnt from these expeditions, something that’s continually reinforced each time we go, is that you always owe any kind of success you have to the folk who surround and support you. Nothing of anything note is ever accomplished alone. Your family, friends, team are integral to all that you do and as much a part of your achievements as you. During an endurance swim, they whip you through the water like a shark’s tail and haul you out at the end of it like a big, blubbery, exhausted seal. There comes a time when we all need to ask for help and to reach out to each other.
Huge thanks to the lovely publishing team at Yellow Kite (Hodder & Stoughton imprint) and to Richard Pike for supporting us and seeing something in that original rough manuscript about three Yorkshire-born brothers stumbling and fumbling down their childhood river.
Since before I could write, when I used to tell my mum/stenographer weird fairy-tales to jot down in crayon, I always dreamed of one day publishing a story. There have been a few dramatic bouts of dream-assessment along the way. Standing on a dirty concrete bridge in Newcastle, watching the passing cars, I told myself I’ve got two options in life: “Either you die a published writer, or you die being someone who gave it everything you’ve got… Either way, you win”.
That’s true, although I’m very glad it turned out to be the former…
Stick with your dreams.
Thanks so much to everyone who's supported us!
Little brother Jack (26) - the youngest of the Hudson brothers - is an author represented by the literary agency Curtis Brown. He writes mostly for Adventure Uncovered, focusing on personal stories that link exploration and conservation. He was also the guest adventure editor at Red Bull UK. 'Swim Wild' is his debut book.