"I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened."
Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events. Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find her true direction in life. Little does she realise that her life is about to take another shocking twist... and that the consequences will be enormous.
Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous story about a young woman's pursuit of happiness. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties - and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.
Described as "Eat, Pray, Love" meets "The Last Weekend", Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes ("Me Before You"), Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat, Pray, Love"), Nick Hornby ("How to be Good") and Blake Morrison ("The Last Weekend").
Published: 1 November 2012