Jenny Landreth is an editor and writer. She is the author of Great Trees of London (Time Out Publications) and Swimming London (Aurum Press, 2014). Jenny was the main contributor to the Guardian’s weekly swimming blog, writing on everything from pool rules, to swimming with children, and where to swim in New York. She also occasionally reviews TV for the New Statesman.
In May 2017, Bloomsbury published Swell: a Waterbiography, Jenny's part memoir, part social history of women swimmers and how they were denied access to public swimming for generations. Swell was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was named as The Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year.
In 2020, Chatto will publish Jenny’s new book, Bad Rep, which will explore "what our love of am dram says about us as a nation, why amateur theatre is important, and how it could change your life".
Jenny is a script editor on popular CBeebies series, Hey Duggee, and writes the associated books. Jenny lives in London. When she’s not in, you’ll find her at Tooting Lido, Europe’s largest cold water pool, and her spiritual home.
"Fascinating and full of possibility, it is also properly snort-with-giggles-on-the-commute funny". - Alexandra Heminsley
"If you love swimming you'll love this. If you hate swimming, you'll still love this. From over-upholstered matrons gingerly climbing down the steps of wheeled bathing huts, to young girls swimming jawdropping distances up The Thames, this captivating book bowls along with wit and charm". - Jo Brand
"Blissful" - The Times
"This book will delight you." - Daily Mail
"Swell has the air of one long stand-up routine, a larky dash through the modern history of female swimmers" - New Statesman
"Landreth's writing is accessible and down to earth, with wonderful asides" - --The Times Literary Supplement