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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Shelley Taylor-Smith (February 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864480750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864480757
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Thomas on July 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
At first glance this book seems to be one of those boring books about someone's life and how they managed to climb over many mountains. But this book is more than that. This book was able to show me what it is like to have a hard and somewhat impossible life. How Shelley Taylor-Smith in her child hood lost her father and suddenly the whole world came crashing down. In this story Shelley shares memories of her childhood growing up in Perth to her drama filled reclamation of the `round Manhatten island record.
The cover is not an appealing cover but who needs a good looking cover if you've got an inspiring story to tell.
The actual story tells of the hardships faced by a female marathon swimmer. With such as sexism and world water quality being bought throughout the book. She brings up stories of when she raced in the polluted waters of Argentina and Brazil. Also she has raced in the freezing waters of Canada and Sweden. She talks of her magnificent feats of swimming the English Channel, winning the 1991 World Championships in Perth, the swimming from Sydney to Wollongong, being ranked no. 1 in the world for marathon swimming in the men's and women's combined ranking's in 1991, setting 14 world records, winning the round Manhatten island and only 2 DNF's (did not finish) in her entire career.
Shelley also speaks of thing that if she'd had her time again what would she have done different. Like what would she have done if she took the easier option after getting her swimming scholarship in Arkansas and come home to Perth instead of taking up marathon swimming to fund her way through college. Or how she would of tried harder at her marriage. And what she would of done if she never got the chance to go over and study at the University of Arkansas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Capt. Tim Johnson, PE on June 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm writing this as a former organizer of the Manhattan swim and I was the offical that was on her "last swim" that set the current record for a solo swim around Manhattan. I saw Shelley everytime she came to NY and remember her drive and determination that shows thru in this story of her swimming career. Here's how I expressed my impressions of her book in a letter to her:

" I received your book and eagerly started reading it. I must compliment you on the number of names you remembered. It was a great read. I know you wrote it with Ian Cockerill but he used your words. Since I saw you mostly in NY, I was surprised with everything that was going on in your life. I saw you as a very well-tuned swimming machine that thrived on competition. I can remember like a video tape one swim in Manhattan where I had gotten a swimmer ahead of you. I knew the moment your team told you because I could see from a 1/4 mile away that your stroke had increased. We didn't stay in the lead long. The pages at the end where you become self-reflective were very good. I'll probably figure out someway to summarize your thoughts (and send them to you for your review) to include in the next edition of the History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming. Your really looked at the reasons you swam. They were good. You set goals for yourself in the book which you achieved and you set goals that were in the future which you also helped achieve. And you had regrets. You made yourself very human. One theme that kept coming thru the pages was promote the sport. Darn good goal. I sent a story to my local paper about my being elected to the Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and they haven't brothered to publish it yet but my hometown where I haven't lived in 45 years did publish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexie Kelly on February 19, 2013
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Shelley Taylor-Smith's book, Dangerous When Wet, is truly inspirational no matter what type of athlete you are! Reading her book makes me want to go chase after my dreams. She proves to that it doesn't matter where you come from or what your gender, anything can happen if you set your mind to it and believe in yourself! I highly recommend! =)
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