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Swell: A Waterbiography The Sunday Times SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

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Author: Landreth, JennyBrand: Bloomsbury SportEdition: ReprintBinding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 336Release Date: 08-02-2018Details: Product Description SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017These days, swimming may seem like an egalitarian pastime, open to anyone with a swimsuit - but this wasn't always the case. In the 19th century,...

Author: Landreth, Jenny

Brand: Bloomsbury Sport

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 08-02-2018

Details: Product Description SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017These days, swimming may seem like an egalitarian pastime, open to anyone with a swimsuit - but this wasn't always the case. In the 19th century, swimming was almost exclusively the domain of men. Women were (barely) allowed to swim in the sea, but even into the 20th century they could be arrested if they dared dive into a lake. It wasn't until the 1930s that women were reluctantly granted equal access. This is the story of the swimming suffragettes who made that possible; women who took on the status quo, and won. Part social history, part memoir, Swell shines a light on these 'swimming suffragettes'. It celebrates some amazing achievements, some ridiculous outfits and some fantastic swimmers who challenge the stereotypes of what women are capable of. It's also the story of how Jenny eventually came to be a keen swimmer herself. Swell is a joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women. It is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in however and wherever we choose. Review blissful ... an instructive history of a tide not simply turning, but being forced to turn ― The Times Published On: 2017-11-25 Jenny Landreth's tale of the swimming suffragettes is a wonderful account of lost stories from the canon of women's sports history. Landreth's book brings these stories to the mainstream -- Anna Kessel 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. ― Jo Brand A brilliantly funny book that made me feel part of a proud and intrepid community of amphibian women ― Josie Long If this marvellous watery odyssey charting women's swimming history doesn't make you want to jump in, I will eat my woollen bikini. ― Doon Mackichan A wry and inspiring mix of memoir and social history ― Melissa Harrison Very disappointed. I thought this was going to be a pictorial history of the bikini. ― John O'Farrell 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 A clever, intimate history of personal and female liberation, viewed through a well-fitting pair of swimming goggles... ― Kinamara.com Curl up with the empowering story of the heroines who made swimming possible for women. ... a must-read ― Women's Fitness A lighthearted, conversational history, with emphasis on the challenges women once faced just getting in the water, and the "swimming suffragettes" who defied genteel disapproval to claim the right to do so ― Guardian Swell interweaves Landreth's own story with a history of female pioneers, "Swimming Suffragettes" who accomplished remarkable feats and paved the way for future generations. ― Economist With examples of swimming heroines and some truly bizarre swimming cossies plus the story of how the author learned to swim, Swell will make you want to plunge straight in ― Red Jenny Landreth is a wonderful and hilarious writer, so this is in no way a stuffy account of historic events. She includes her own history of swimming, the 2012 Olympics, the developments in swimwear and, in her own unique way, the psychology behind why we swim ― Wanderlust Accessible and down to earth, with wonderful asides ― The Times Literary Supplement Swell is a joyous, noisy, drum-beating celebration of swimming and womanhood. -- Charlie Connelly ― The New European Thoroughly researched and informative, full of strong opinion and sound judgement [with] spiky, mischievous writing that knits it all together ― Sunday Times Published On: 2017-11-26 Swell is a wryly funny and seriously inspiring history of women and swimming... she had me at 'waterbiography' -- Lauren Bravo ― The Pool Publish

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