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Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton. Particular Books, €25.20. Reviewed by Brendan Daly.

15th September, 2012
Leanne Shapton argues that her swimming pains were not a deterrent but an incentive. Photo: Diane Bundareff

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton


Leanne Shapton almost reached the Olympics. As a teenager, she competed at Canada's swimming trials for the 1988 and 1992 Games but failed to qualify. In Swimming Studies, her eclectic and charming memoir, Shapton recreates the claustrophobic world of intense training and traces how the fierce dedication it demanded has shaped her adult life and work as an artist.

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