Tom Blower, Humble Hero Who Conquered the North Channel
Standing below the lighthouse on the pier at Donaghadee on a clear, crisp day you feel you could almost reach out and touch the houses on the rolling hills above Portpatrick.
But this 21 odd mile stretch of bitterly cold sea with its swarms of menacing Lions Mane jellyfish and conditions which can change from mill pond calm to crashing waves in no time at all presents the ultimate challenge to the long distance swimmer.
Indeed, until one very brave, very strong, very determined, but also very humble man from Nottingham stepped up to the challenge in 1947 many thought that it would never be achieved. Yet in this story of a battle between those age old combatants; man and nature, the man did win. That man was Tom Blower and this book tells his remarkable story.