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17th May 2022


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The Swimmers

Author Chloe Lane


Erin’s mother has motor neurone disease and has decided to take her fate into her own hands. As Erin looks back at her twenty-six-year-old self, she can finally tell the story of the unimaginable task she faced one winter.

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When an affair ends badly and her career takes a nosedive, Erin returns to spend a holiday weekend at the family farm with her chronically ill mother, and her aunt-turned-carer. She learns shortly before her arrival that her mother has decided to take matters into her own hands and end her own life . . . the following Tuesday.

Doing her imperfect best to follow her mother’s wishes, Erin finds herself having to grow up quickly as she prepares for the loss of a fiery, independent woman – a former competitive swimmer, like her sister and daughter – and one last swim together in the cold New Zealand sea.

The Swimmers is a witty, smart, unsentimental yet quietly moving novel following three difficult women trying to repair their complex relationships in the time they have left.

Longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021
‘An intense, moving and darkly comic story about unrepentant, difficult women’ New Zealand Herald
‘By turns touching, resonate, fiercely candid, and beautifully written’ Jill Ciment, author of The Body in Question
‘The Swimmers has the kind of intelligent and beautiful quiet that explodes a brightness deep within the reader… I can’t remember the last time I read a more generous book about care, courage and figuring it out’ Pip Adam, author of The New Animals
‘Strangely compelling . . . intensely moving’ Academy of New Zealand Literature
‘The surprising thing about The Swimmers is that it is often funny’ Stuff.co.nz
‘Lane confronts issues surrounding euthanasia with enormous sensitivity but with lashes of humour and humanity’ NZ Booklovers
‘A remarkable book’ ANZ Lit Lovers
Chloe Lane

Meet the author

Chloe Lane is a writer and the founding editor of Hue+Cry Press. The Swimmers is her first novel and was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021. She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and young son.

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