A Woman’s Game

Suzanne Wrack

The astonishing history of the rise, fall, and rise again of women’s football, from the late 19th century to the present day.

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9781783352173
Date Published
14.06.2022
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Summary

DISCOVER THE STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO PAVED THE WAY FOR THE LIONESSES

‘A truly important book; shines a brilliant light on the game we all love and its broader impact.’
MEGAN RAPINOE

‘An important book about the history, power and potential of the women’s game.’
IAN WRIGHT

‘A fascinating history of women’s football from early 20th century heights, through suppression, to its present-day resurgence..’
GUARDIAN

This is the inspirational, agenda-changing story of women’s football around the world.

A Woman’s Game explores the history of women’s football from the Victorian era – with players in high-heeled boots – to the present day. It is the story of a rise, fall, and rise again: from the game’s first appearance in England in the late nineteenth century; through the incredible teams which at their height in 1920 drew 53,000 spectators to Goodison Park; to its 50-year ban in the UK and the aftershocks when that ban was lifted.

Now, as the women’s game is once again on an unstoppable upward trend, with internationally renowned players and a record 11.7m viewers for England’s semi-final match against the USA in the 2019 World Cup, Suzanne Wrack considers what the next chapter of this incredible story might be. From its relationship to the worldwide fight against oppression, to its ability to inspire change in the wider world, this is both a history of football as played by women, and a manifesto for a better game.

‘A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read.’
CLARE BALDING

‘A fantastic book on how the game has developed and what its future could hold.’
PHIL NEVILLE

‘An impassioned rescue of brave pioneers from enormous condescension, and a joyous look ahead to better days.’
THE SPECTATOR

Critic Reviews

A truly important book; shines a brilliant light on the game we all love and its broader impact.

Megan Rapinoe
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An honest exposé of the historic (and recent) challenges women's football has faced and how it is finally breaking through into the public conscience. A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read.

Clare Balding
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An important book about the history, power and potential of the women’s game.

Ian Wright
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Suzanne has been a long-time advocate for women’s football. This book encapsulates her devotion and passion for a beautiful game played by us all, never mind the differences.

Ada Hegerberg
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I loved been part of the growth of the women’s game myself, Suzanne has written a fantastic book on how the game has developed and what its future could hold.

Phil Neville
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This is a comprehensive and detailed historical survey of women’s football at a crucial point in its growth, which asks probing questions about what the game should do next.

Paula Cocozza, Guardian (Book of the Day)
SuzanneWrack

Suzanne Wrack is the women’s football correspondent for the Guardian and Observer. Her work has also been published in FourFourTwo, and she is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast. In 2020, her investigation on abuse at the Afghanistan Football Federation won an AIPS Sport Media Award. A Woman’s Game is her first book.

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