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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140815501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408155011
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 1.2 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ellen Parnavelas is the author of the popular roller derby blog secretdiaryofarookierollergirl.wordpress.com. She plays for London Rollergirls and her blog attracts over 5,000 viewers a month. Ellen has worked in illustrated publishing for several years and has written Flat Track Fashion: The Roller Derby Look Book and The Roller Derby Athlete, both published by Bloomsbury.

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About the Author

Ellen Parnavelas is the author of the popular roller derby blog secretdiaryofarookierollergirl.wordpress.com. She plays for London Rollergirls Recreational League and her blog attracts over 3,000 viewers a month. Ellen has worked in illustrated publishing for several years and is currently editing a number of fashion titles. She has an MA in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex and her articles have previously been published in music and lifestyle magazine Big Cheese and UK roller derby magazine Inside Line.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. L. Scott on 22 July 2013
Format: Paperback
I think the reviewer who gave this book only one star has a) missed the point and b) been hanging out with the wrong kind of roller derby people. To say this is only a book about derby fashion is totally inaccurate - it gives an fascinating history of derby dating back to the early 20th century, provides a detailed description of how the game is played, and focuses on the kit required for the sport as much as the many colourful outfits that are part of the sport. There are even pictures of the first roller skates dating back to the 1800s.

As for 'ask any of the participants how the sport is played and they'll look at you blankly' - um, WHAT?! Anyone who has spent time with a roller girl/boy/fan will know that real derby people love nothing better than explaining all the rules, regulations and techniques of this highly skilled (and wonderfully violent) sport. The fashion part is just a bit of fun - some of us like fishnets, tattoos, funky make-up and garish shorts, and some of us aren't bothered. The uniting factor is we all love to skate, and yes the sport IS growing like the bejesus - a quick look online will show you that women's and men's teams in the UK are springing up all over the shop.

If roller derby isn't your cup of tea, fair enough - but that's no reason to slag off this excellent, colourful and informative book. However, if you think it might be, buy this book - and then go get some skates!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Rebecca J. Hepburn on 13 May 2014
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This is a good book to have a flick through. Prompt delivery. I had no issues with this at all.
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2 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J Leigh on 25 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
Another book on this so called sport that just goes to illustrate how paper thin it is (pun very much intended)

When a sport uses it's appearance and style as not only a marketing tool but a characteristic that out ways any actual elements of the play you know you're onto something truly awful. Ask people how roller derby is played and they'll look at you blankly. ask them what it's participants look like and they can wax lyrical.

Oh and on what evidence does the blurb writer base their very bold assertion that this is the fastest growing sport in the world? A quick trip round the internet and MMA, Lacrosse (who knew?) and Football (Soccer to our American cousins) seem to top every list
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