PRAISE FOR THE BIG SWIM
"A stunningly beautiful memoir about a world that I love. Carrie Saxifrage is a poet not just of the natural world but also of the heart, and reading her book is like walking through these landscapes with a wise and knowledgeable guide; with every chapter you turn a corner onto another unexpected and breathtaking vista. She has a keen, compassionate eye for human foibles, and I found myself laughing out loud on one page and brushing away tears on the next. I read straight through. I did not want this journey to end."
"In a flash of inspiration, Carrie Saxifrage has invented the climate change memoir. Beautifully crafted, often touching and unexpectedly funny, here is your handbook to living deeply in perilous times."
"The Big Swim is a beautiful collection of stories about the biggest challenge of our time: How to live with ourselves in a world we are destroying. Carrie Saxifrage writes eloquently about the natural environment and humanity’s disruptive place within it. Her insightful blend of science and personal epiphanies will change the way you think."
"The Big Swim is a riveting read. Carrie Saxifrage takes us with her to some of the west's most precious wild gems while reflecting on parenting, life, love, the beauty around us and it's fragility. It's Eat, Pray, Love for the climate era. I couldn't put it down."
“Wow. This moving book invites us to reconnect with own wildness, to submerge ourselves in creation and come out doused with the sweet nectar of being alive. Carrie Saxifrage speaks a beautiful language – precise, transformative, unafraid. Read this book. It will give you hope.”
"Serious adventure on a serious planet. This is the kind of thinking and living we need to engage in."
"Carrie Saxifrage has accomplished a feat here: she's written a story about our pressing environmental concerns that you'll find hard to put down. Funny, intriguing, eloquent, her emotional-intellectual acuity inspires a refreshing sense of volition."
"Trying to understand what we are doing to the planet based solely upon facts and statistics fails to engage the heart, where all true commitment forms. Carrie Saxifrage knows that real change comes from the head and the heart working together and gently pulls us along on her journey to a deeper place of understanding."
"Carrie Saxifrage looks unflinchingly at the world around us and reports back the joy, the pain, and the adventure that is there, within reach of all those bold individuals who care enough to grasp for it. The Big Swim is a must read for all those who think they don't want to read another environmental book. It takes you to a place of hope while step by step you laugh or cry because of the humanity of the parent struggling with a teenager, the spouse working on creating partnership, or the adventurer grasping for the next push forward."