A Taste of Chlorine
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
A teenage boy suffering from curvature of the spine starts swimming every week at the advice of his chiropractor. The swimming pool is a strange and anonymous place until he strikes up a friendship with a girl who helps him with his swimming technique.
Their developing friendship is beautifully realised through touches, gestures and shared silences and his visits to the pool become full of expectancy and longing, until one day she mouths a message underwater – but what could it mean?
This beautifully drawn book cleverly examines the intricacies and complications of friendship, heightened by the intimate world of the swimming pool.
Please note there are expletives in this book.