On Boxing Day in 2004, Edie Fassnidge set off for a day of kayaking off the coast of Thailand with her boyfriend, mother and sister. That's when disaster struck.
She felt a shift in the air; she spotted something on the horizon; and seconds later, the first wave came crashing down upon them. Separated from her family and covered in open wounds, Edie battled for hours to get to safety: colliding with rocks; tumbling underwater as if in a giant washing machine; grappling with overgrown branches and venomous ants... all the while hanging on to the hope that she wasn't the only one to survive.
Rinse, Spin, Repeat is a graphic memoir depicting Edie's experience of surviving the Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed over 200,000 lives and changed hers forever. Using simple illustrations and concise text, she unfolds her feelings in the hours and days of pain and uncertainty that followed. She also reflects on her struggle to find peace in the aftermath of the tsunami, which ultimately empowered her to become the person she is today.
It is a simultaneously devastating and inspiring story that will capture the heart of anyone who has wondered how it is possible to keep going after life has crumbled to pieces.
Edith Fassnidge grew up in Yorkshire. After university and some time working, studying and travelling abroad, she moved to London, where she lives with her family. She loves being active in the outdoors and has cycled the length of Great Britain, swum with a relay team across the English Channel and competed for the Great Britain Age-Group triathlon team. Her career so far includes teaching, corporate responsibility and personal training. With her husband, Matt, and two friends, she set up Music for Alice, a charity in memory of the sister she lost in the tsunami. Rinse, Spin, Repeat is her first book, and 10% of her profits will go towards Music for Alice.