Overview:Swell: A Waterbiography - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 These days, swimming may seem like the most egalitarian of pastimes, open to anyone with a swimsuit - but this wasn't always the case. In the 19th century, swimming was exclusively the domain of men, and access to pools was a luxury limited by class. Women were (barely) allowed to swim in the sea, as long as no men were around, but even into the 20th century they could be arrested and fined if they dared dive into a lake. It wasn't until the 1930s that women were finally, and reluctantly, granted equal access. This is the story of the women who made that possible, a thank-you to the fearless 'swimming suffragettes' who took on the status quo, fought for equal access, and won. Part social history, part memoir, Swell uncovers a world of secret swimming in the face of these exclusions and shines a light on the '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. Ultimately, it is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in with alacrity, anywhere we choose. “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. From over-upholstered matrons gingerly climbing down the steps of wheeled bathing huts, to young girls swimming jawdropping distances up The Thames, this captivating book bowls along with wit and charm.” –Jo Brand “A brilliantly funny book that made me feel part of a proud and intrepid community of amphibian women” –Josie LongRead an exclusive introduction by Jenny Landreth on the Waterstones blog, introducing her 'waterbiography' and explaining why the history of women's swimming is also the history of a determined struggle for freedom.
This book is on page /88f0ff300130a9332bf7ee8997e69000/book/1603725654-9781472938947. It was written by the following authors: Jenny Landreth. Book Swell: A Waterbiography, which can be read online, published by the company: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Politics, True Stories, Society, Sports Books, Biography, Education. The book was published on 2017-05-04 00:00:00. It has 336 pages and is published in Hardback format and weight 497 g. File for download Swell: A Waterbiography has PDF format and is called swell-a-waterbiography.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our nottedeiricercatoriaq.it site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.
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