Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart

Lynne’s 6th book published September 2016 and available in bookstores and online.

A powerful book about super athleticism and human frailty, about invincibility and the sudden mind-altering repercussions of illness, and the triumph of spirit, surrender, and love.

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Swimming to Antarctica

Published by Knopf – 2004 and HMH – 2005

Lynne was swimming in the bathtub before she could walk. By age sixteen she had twice broken all records for swimming the English Channel. Her daring eventually led her to the Bering Strait, where she swam five miles in thirty-eight-degree water in just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. In between those accomplishments, she became the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, narrowly escaped a shark attack off the Cape of Good Hope, and was cheered across the twenty-mile Cook Strait of New Zealand by dolphins. She even swam a mile in the Antarctic.

Swimming to Antarctica chronicles Lynne’s extraordinary accomplishments, weaving together stories of how she navigated bureaucracies and politicians worldwide to gain support and permission for her achievements. Lynne shares the importance of dedication and teamwork – and shows how athletic accomplishment can contribute to building better understanding between people and nations.

Lynne writes the same way she swims, with indefatigable spirit and joy, and shares the beauty of her time in the water with a poet’s eye for detail. Her writing inspires all who read the book to dream and achieve great things.

Swimming to Antarctica has sold over 100,000 copies and was translated into six languages. The book received the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was heralded as a New York Times bestseller.



Published by KNOPF – 2006 AND HMH – 2008

Grayson tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to Lynne when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was in 55-degree water as smooth as black ice, two hundred yards offshore, outside the wave break. She was swimming her last half-mile back to the pier before heading home for breakfast when she became aware that something was swimming with her. The ocean was charged with energy as if a squall was moving in; thousands of baby anchovy darted through the water like lit sparklers, trying to evade something larger. Whatever it was, it felt large enough to be a white shark coursing beneath her body.

It wasn’t a shark, it was a baby gray whale—following alongside Lynne for a mile or so. Lynne had been swimming for more than an hour; she needed to get out of the water to rest, but she realized that if she did, the young calf would follow her onto shore and die from collapsed lungs.

The baby whale was migrating on a three-month trek to its feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, an eight-thousand-mile journey. It would have to be carried on its mother’s back for much of that distance. If Lynne didn’t find the mother whale, the baby would suffer from dehydration and starve to death.

Something so enormous—the mother whale was fifty feet long—suddenly seemed very small in the vast Pacific Ocean. How could Lynne possibly find her?

Grayson has been translated into 22 languages and sold over 100,000 copies as a New York Times best seller.


South With The Sun

Published by Knopf – 2011 and HMH – 2012

Roald Amundsen, “the last of the Vikings,” left his mark on the Heroic Era as one of the most successful polar explorers ever.

Lynne Cox, adventurer and swimmer, author of Swimming to Antarctica (“gripping” —Sports Illustrated) and Grayson (“wondrous, and unforgettable” —Carl Hiaasen), gives us in South with the Sun a full-scale account of the explorer’s life and expeditions.

We see Amundsen, in 1903-06, the first to travel the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, in his small ship Gjøa making his way through the entire length of the treacherous ice bound route, between the northern Canadian mainland and Canada’s Arctic islands, from Greenland across Baffin Bay, between the Canadian islands, across the top of Alaska into the Bering Strait. The dangerous journey took three years to complete, as Amundsen, his crew, and six sled dogs waited while the frozen sea around them thawed sufficiently to allow for navigation.

Lynne connects his journey toward the North Pole in Fridtj of Nansen’s famous Fram, until word reached his expedition party of Robert Peary’s successful arrival at the North Pole. Amundsen then set out on a secret expedition to the Antarctic.

Cox makes clear why Amundsen succeeded in his quests where other adventurer-explorers failed, and how his methodical preparation and willingness to take calculated risks revealed both the spirit of the man and the way to complete one triumphant journey after another. Cox then honors the explorers by swimming segments of the Amundsen’s journey, describing her experience as a modern-day explorer.



Published by Vintage – 2013

Lynne Cox has set open water swimming records across the world, and now she focuses her decades-long experience and expertise into this definitive guide to swimming. Lynne describes the joy of swimming in open water and encourages the athletes from the novice to the elite, to explore and share her passion for the sport.

Cox addresses what is needed to succeed at and enjoy open water swimming, including choosing the right bathing suit and sunscreen; surviving in dangerous weather conditions, currents and waves; confronting various marine organisms; treating ailments, such as being stung or bitten, and so much more. U.S. Navy SEALS provided Lynne with training, information, and support to guide her research. She shares first-hand anecdotes from SEAL specialists and from her over 40 years of experience in the open water.

Open Water Swimming Manual provides a wealth of knowledge for all swimmers, from seasoned triathletes and expert swimmers to beginners exploring open water swimming for the first time. It is, as well, the first manual of its kind to make use of oceanography, marine biology, and to weave in stories about the successes and failures of other athletes, giving us a deeper, broader understanding of this exhilarating and fast growing sport.


Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

Schwartz and Wade – 2015

In her first children’s book, world-renowned swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox teams up with Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.

Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again—each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away—but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.


“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 Duval