The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society

by Barbara J. Zitwer

  • Published: 05 Apr 2012
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Format: Ebook
  • Extent: 304p
  • ISBN: 978-1-78072-040-1
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Joey Rubin is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker – single and a workaholic. Her only intimate relationship is with her dog. When her architectural firm sends her to the English countryside to oversee the renovation of an ancient stately home, it seems a dream come true: a chance to prove herself on a project dear to her heart. Stanway House is where JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan, Joey’s favourite book.
But the job turns out to be harder than she could have imagined. Faced with strong opposition from the local residents to her plans for the building, Joey soon feels that she can do nothing right… until, out jogging one cold January morning, she comes upon a lake hidden away in the grounds of the estate. There, shrieking with laughter in the icy water, is a cast of characters who might have jumped out of the pages of Peter Pan: the feisty members of the “J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society”. Octegenarians one and all, they dare Joey to come for a swim in their outdoor Neverland.
For Joey, meeting Aggie, Gala, Lilia & Co is a life-changing experience …

“The feisty members of the J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society are a cast of characters to delight all readers.” – The Lady, Must Read of the Month

“Zitwer’s fabulous cast of warm, funny and feisty characters would tempt anyone to jump in and swim in a lake of icy water with them. I adored this book.” – Cathy Woodman, author of It Must Be Love

“Think Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society… Joey finds a pond and a group of feisty old ladies, friends for life, who exchange wisdom and wisecracks around the ritual of a freezing daily dip. Love, enlightenment and risk of frostbite follow.” – Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

“5/5” – Daily Express

“A book that really had to be… The story is lovely, and Barbara J. Zwiter balances different plot strands and different themes beautifully… I loved Joey s story, and the spirit of The J. M. Barrie Ladies Swimming Society made it even more wonderful.” – Fleur Fisher

“A slow and leisurely read, thoroughly satisfying. It’s a great book for exploring the value of friendship and also for celebrating ladies of a certain age… Very readable.” – Book Bag

“A love story, but also a tribute to a unique breed of English old lady.” – The Times

“Wonderful characters. Lovely, quirky story.Sidmouth Herald Illuminating… Delightful… Charming… The book has become an international phenomenon.” –

About Barbara J. Zitwer

Barbara J. Zitwer is an international literary agent. She graduated from Columbia Film School and, prior to working in publishing, she produced films including Vampire's Kiss with Nicolas Cage. Zitwer co-wrote the play Paper Doll about Jacqueline Susann. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two dogs.