Long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, 2016
For too long society has led us to believe that women and sport don't mix. While perspiration and 'fitspiration' have never been so hot, sport continues to be stubbornly cast as unfeminine.
But why should sport and exercise be so gendered? What happened to the carefree versions of ourselves, the young girls who dared to climb trees, cartwheel across playgrounds or run down hills so fast we laughed until we couldn't breathe? When did we lose our sense of fun, and what else did we lose along with it?
In a brave, funny and personal call to arms, Anna Kessel carries out a very timely health check on the nation and women's involvement in sport. In her exploration of major taboos, including body dysmorphia, periods, miscarriage, sex and the gender pay gap, Kessel discovers how sport and exercise play and integral role in every sphere of our modern lives.
Sharing the tales of a fascinating range of women - from Sporty Spice conquering the music world in a shell suit to mums who box and breastfeed - Eat Sweat Play is the inspirational story of how women are finally reclaiming sport, and by extension their own bodies, for themselves
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.
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