Eat Sweat Play

Eat Sweat Play : How Sport Can Change Our Lives

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'I'd go as far to say that this book was a life changer for my health and fitness.' Estee Lalonde

Long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Sport's for everyone . . . isn't it?

Society has led us to believe that women and sport don't mix. But why? What happens to the young girls who dare to climb trees and cartwheel across playgrounds?

In her exploration of major taboos, from sex to the gender pay gap, sports journalist Anna Kessel discovers how sport and exercise should play an integral role in every sphere of our modern lives.

Covering a fascinating range of women, from Sporty Spice to mums who box and breastfeed, Eat Sweat Play reveals how women are finally reclaiming sport, and by extension their own bodies, for themselves - and how you can too.

'Anna Kessel's book should inspire a whole generation of women. It ought to be on the school curriculum.'
Hadley Freeman
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  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1509808116
  • 9781509808113

Table of contents

Introduction - i: Introduction

Chapter - 1: How to bunk a PE lesson: a rough guide
Chapter - 2: Sweating is so hot right now! Why our twenty-first-century obsession with exercise is all wrong
Chapter - 3: Why sport will make you sucessful
Chapter - 4: Sports and taboos
Chapter - 5: How to avoid the pregnant pause
Chapter - 6: The marathon of motherhood
Chapter - 7: 'Are you the tea lady?' and other common questions
Chapter - 8: What does a woman's voice in sport sound like? (And when can we stop pretending to be blokes?)
Chapter - 9: Women's sport: changing the game

Section - ii: Epilogue
Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements - iv: Permission Acknowledgements
Section - v: Notes
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Review quote

No topic is off limits - cringe worthy school PE, the gender pay gap, parenthood, women as fans, menopause, disability and even her own miscarriage are explored, telling a cradle-to-grave story of our vexed relationship with moving our own bodies. She also lays bare the systemic issues: sports science, for example, is based overwhelmingly on studies of male bodies, as if pregnancy and menstruation simply did not exist. This is a book for parents, sports lovers, and anyone who wants to be on the right side of history. -- Moya Dodd * Australia Financial Review * This is an impassioned manifesto for why sport can change your life * Health & Fitness * I'd go as far to say that this book was a life changer for my health and fitness. -- Estee Lalonde A piercing call to arms, [Anna] argues that if women and girls embrace being active, it will lead to a sea change for women's bodies, self-image and outlook. It is brilliant. * Stylist * This book is a plea to reclaim tracks, pitches and pools for women, and to ensure that the next generation grows up appreciating - and enjoying - all that their bodies are capable of. -- Emma John * The Guardian * Fascinating, compelling and thought-provoking -- Lauren Laverne * The Pool * Anna Kessel's book should inspire a whole generation of women. It ought to be on the school curriculum. -- Hadley Freeman
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About Anna Kessel

Anna Kessel is a sports journalist, acclaimed author and vocal campaigner on equality in sport.

A rare example of a female journalist in her field, Anna published Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Your Life (Macmillan) in 2016, a passionate polemic aimed at bringing sport to the female masses..

A Guardian and Observer journalist since 2004, Anna has covered three Olympic Games, several World Cups, Euros and World Championships, and interviewed some of the biggest stars in global sport. Anna is also an experienced ghostwriter, working with a number of high profile sports stars, including an award winning football column.

Co-founder and chair of Women in Football (WiF), an organization lobbying against sexism in the game and championing female role models, The Independent described her as a "fearless adversary of sexism" in their list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Sport. Anna regularly contributes to TV and radio.

In 2016 Anna was awarded an MBE for services to journalism and women in sport. She is mother to two daughters.
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