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In the Wake of Mercedes Gleitze: Open Water Swimming Pioneer

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Author: Doloranda PemberBrand: The History PressBinding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 288Release Date: 01-02-2019Details: Product Description In 1927, Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim the English Channel, transforming her from a humble working-class typist into one of the most iconic sportswomen of her age. Fiercely independent and with no...

Author: Doloranda Pember

Brand: The History Press

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 288

Release Date: 01-02-2019

Details: Product Description In 1927, Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim the English Channel, transforming her from a humble working-class typist into one of the most iconic sportswomen of her age. Fiercely independent and with no financial backing, Mercedes was at the forefront in the struggle to break through the existing prejudices against women taking part in sport. Over a ten-year period and a large number of pioneering, record-setting swims around the world, she achieved celebrity status, helped make Rolex famous, and was regularly in the spotlight of the worldwide press. While pursuing her dream she led by example, showing that women deserved recognition for their sporting achievements though she herself was very modest about her success, barely talking about it even to her own children. Here, Mercedes' daughter documents the remarkable story of her early life and subsequent swimming career, using Mercedes' personal records and pictures, recollections from acquaintances and newspaper articles of the time. About the Author Doloranda Pember is the daughter of Mercedes Gleitze. A consultant on the 2013 BBC documentary 'Mercedes: A New Age', she has also been interviewed about her mother's career on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, appeared in a feature on The One Show on the history of open water swimming, and has helped co-ordinate the recognition of her mother's achievements in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Guinness Book of Records, and 2012 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.0 inches

Languages: english

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