ABOUT 2017-10-09T17:28:21+00:00

by Award-Winning Film Maker Shawn Efran


Lynne Cox is an American long-distance open-water swimmer, motivational speaker, and author. Over the course of more than 35 years, spanning a period equal to 8 Olympic Games, Lynne accomplished swims setting world records and opening borders, contributed to medical research, supported environmental causes, and inspired people to overcome great obstacles. She is best known for her swim across the Bering Strait from the United States to the Soviet Union 7 August 1987. She twice held the overall record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel from England to France and has completed over 60 challenging swims around the world.

Lynne is a gifted speaker, sharing her inspirational story around the world. She motivates audiences by describing how one can overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve great things. Lynne’s books have documented her extraordinary athletic accomplishments (Swimming to Antarctica), chronicled her inspiring adventure saving a baby grey whale (Grayson), documented the world of exploration (South with the Sun), and shared her 40-years of expertise with her fellow athletes (Open Water Swimming Manual). Lynne published a children’s book – Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. Her sixth book (Swimming in the Sink) was published in September 6, 2016 and released in paperback in June 2017, telling more of Lynne’s inspirational stories.

What People are Saying

About Swimming to antarctica

“Lynne Cox is a unique phenomenon: a champion swimmer who can write about it. In gripping prose, she takes us right into the icy water of the Bering Strait, and into the mystery of what drives world-class athletes to their record-breaking achievements. Her victories became ours in this fascinating narrative that reflects a startling combination of gifts and ambition. If the hope of the world rests in any part with our great sports figures and their abilities to cross national barriers without rancor or blood, then this book is doubly worth cherishing as it chronicles a woman’s drive to be the best for herself and for others – all in her own heartfelt words.”

— Anne Rice

“Like all those who have followed Lynne Cox’s adventures, I have looked forward to her own account for a long time. Swimming to Antarctica is her literally chilling chronicle of a series of remarkable and courageous journeys on the world’s high wild seas.”

— Carolyn Alexander

“[Cox has] done things the rest of us only imagine-and she’s written a book that helps us to imagine them with clarity and wonder.”

— Boston Globe

“More than the story of the greatest open-water swimmer, Swimming to Antarctica is a portrait of rare and relentless drive…”Gripping.”

— Sports Illustrated

“A tale of remarkable physical prowess and heart.”

— Vogue

“Fetching and pitch-perfect…Full of perilous, preposterous-if-they-weren’t true scenes.”

— Outside Magazine

“An instant classic of adventure writing.”

— Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Leaves one shivering for a warm towel.”

— Entertainment Weekly

About Open Water Swimming Manual

“A paean to outdoor immersion. . . . [Cox] has channeled her vast expertise on the dangers, joys and logistics of open water swimming into a new book aimed at the exploding ranks of triathletes and other swimmers who are escaping the safe confines of pools. . . . The publication could hardly be better timed. A steep rise in the popularity of triathlons has been swelling the ranks of open water events. . . . [Cox] tempers vision and enthusiasm with methodical, unstinting effort.”

— Andrea Kannapell, The New York Times

“Lynne Cox’s books are the works of a singular mind. That was true for the best sellers Swimming to Antarctica and Grayson, and it is true for her new book, Open Water Swimming Manual, a 300-page paperback instructional that is the most unlikely page-turner you could put on your summer reading list. She’s written a sort of fantasy in which you, the reader, are the protagonist. You can’t swim half a mile? Cox will put you on a program to swim 10! . . . Cox’s Open Water Swimming Manual could do for long-distance swimming what Jim Fixx’s The Complete Book of Running did for the American jogging movement in 1977.” 

— Sports Illustrated

“Lynne Cox is an artist of the open water. No one knows more about swimming’s beauty and skill than this great champion, or could describe it with such clarity and grace. Every sport—every art—should have a book like this and a guide like Lynne Cox.”

— Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

About Grayson

“Lynne Cox is a master of storytelling: her prose captures the vast moments and deep mysteries of the ocean and the creatures for who it is home. Everyone who reads Grayson will be enchanted and profoundly moved. Grayson is a powerful voice for conservation.”

— Jane Goodall, Ph.D., Dee, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

“A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected,”

— Temple Grandin, coauthor of Animals in Translation

“A story of remarkable simplicity and charm. Through Lynne Cox’s eyes we see an entire realm of creatures we have never known so intimately before. Truly for people of all ages. A parable and an experience, thanks not only to the author’s great and generous spirit, but to her immense gift for describing nature.”

— Anne Rice

“A moving and memorable story, filled with dramatic tension and lovely descriptions of the sea and all the wondrous creatures it holds. Grayson is a celebration of the natural world in all its glory, and the deep and lasting effect it can have on us humans if only we pause to notice.”

— John Grogan, author of Marley and Me

About South With The Sun

“Cox writes about how she attempted to follow in their footsteps—swimming in Greenland’s freezing waters—in order to explore “the inner and outer worlds of what a human being could achieve.” She weaves together her own experiences, including a flight to the South Pole, with those of the earlier explorers…”

— Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve ever wanted to know what it must be like to be able to push the limits of human endurance in this arena, it will surely be an invaluable account.”

— Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“‘Victory awaits him who has everything in order’. Lynne Cox captures the spirit of these words by legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen. South with the Sun is an evocation of triumph of the human spirit, that will inspire many generations to come.”

— Robert Duvall

About Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

“Based on a true story—there is a photo of the real Elizabeth in the illuminating afterword—this is a superior addition to shelves featuring wild animal personalities.“

— Publishers Weekly

“Children are likely to request multiple readings of this compelling told and lovingly illustrated true story.”

— School Library Journal

“World-renowned swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.”

— KIWIreviews.com

“Like Cox, Elizabeth displays tremendous endurance and repeatedly swims back to the river she loves.”

— New York Times



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